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Wang Yi Talks about the UN Security Council's Latest Resolution Concerning the DPRK: Equal Emphasis Should Be Placed on Curbing DPRK's Nuclear and Missile Development and Promptly Resuming Peace Talks

2017/08/06

On the morning of August 6, 2017 local time, on the sidelines of Foreign Ministers' meeting on East Asia cooperation held in Manila, the Philippines, Foreign Minister Wang Yi answered questions upon enquiry from the journalists regarding the latest resolution unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council concerning the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Wang Yi expressed that in this early morning, the UN Security Council adopted the new resolution 2371 concerning the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, upheld an objective and impartial stance and played a responsible and constructive role in the process.

Wang Yi noted that there are two major components in the resolution: one is to make necessary response to the DPRK's violation of the UN Security Council resolution with the country's continuous launches of ballistic missiles, so as to curb DPRK's nuclear and missile development in a more effective manner. The other is to call for the resumption of the six-party talks, emphasizing the peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue by diplomatic and political means so as to avoid further escalation of the tension.

Wang Yi pointed out that the two components carry equal weight and should be highlighted equally. Sanctions are necessary but by no means the ultimate goal. The aim is to bring the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue back to the negotiation table so as to seek a solution through negotiation and realize denuclearization as well as lasting peace and stability on the peninsula in the end. Following the adoption of the resolution, the situation on the Korean Peninsula has entered into a critical juncture. We urge all parties concerned to make their own judgment and decide their own actions in a responsible manner in order to avoid constant escalation of the situation.

Wang Yi stressed that China still hopes that all parties concerned can earnestly consider and accept China's "suspension-for-suspension" proposal, which is by far the most practical, viable, and reasonable solution. It can not only ease the current tension of the situation, but also address various parties' urgent safety concerns. In addition, it can provide opportunities and create conditions for the resumption of peace talks, finding the way out of the conundrum.

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