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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Zhang Yesui to International Media, immediately after the Security Council Adopted Resolution 1874


(Press Encounter at the UN, 12 June 2009)

Photo Courtesy: Mr. SHEN Hong / Xinhua

The Chinese delegation voted in favor of the resolution. I hope you will take note of the explanation of vote I gave after the vote. I just would like to share a few points with you:

First, we are firmly opposed to the nuclear test. Immediately after the nuclear test by the DPRK on May 25, 2009, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a statement expressing its firm opposition to the nuclear test. We strongly urge the DPRK to honor its commitment to denuclearization, to stop relevant moves that may further worsen the situation and to return to the Six-Party Talks.

Second, we believe the reaction from the Security Council to the DPRK nuclear test has to be appropriate and balanced. As you can see, the resolution not only contains sanction measures, but also has sent some positive messages to the DPRK. It also emphasizes the importance of addressing the DPRK nuclear issue peacefully through political and diplomatic means.

Third, I hope you have noticed that the measures contained in the adopted resolution are taken in accordance with Article 41 of Chapter VII of Charter of the United Nations. We believe that sanction measures such as cargo inspection are very complicated and sensitive. Countries concerned need to act prudently in strict accordance with domestic and international laws, and under the precondition of reasonable grounds and sufficient evidence. Under no circumstances should there be the use of force or the threat of the use of force.

Finally, we believe it is now very important for all parties concerned to keep calm and restraint, and not to take any action that might aggravate the situation. This serves the common interests of all parties. China is prepared to work with all parties concerned, in a responsible and constructive manner, to address the issue appropriately and work for an early resumption of the Six-party Talks. China will continue to play an active part in achieving denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability on the Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.


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