Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Remarks on the Security Council Presidential Statement on the DPRK's Satellite Launch
Q: On April 16, the Security Council issued a presidential statement over the DPRK's satellite launch. What's China's view towards that? What are China's expectations for the Korean Peninsula situation and the resumption of the Six-Party Talks in the next stage?
A: The United Nations Security Council adopted a presidential statement over the DPRK's satellite launch on April 16. As the outcome of repeated consultations among all parties concerned, this statement reflects the fundamental consensus of the international community. China took part in Security Council consultations with a responsible and constructive attitude, emphasizing that the Security Council should proceed from promoting contact and dialogue as well as safeguarding peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, properly handle this issue and avoid further escalation of the situation.
China always holds that further advancing the Six-Party Talks and denuclearization process of the Korean Peninsula and safeguarding peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia serves the common interests and constitutes shared responsibility of all parties. The international community has already reached consensus on an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks through contact and dialogue. Parties concerned including Security Council members have expressed such an opinion on multiple occasions including Council consultations.
Facts have proven that dialogue and consultation is the sole correct option to resolve this issue. Given the significance of the February 29 consensus between the DPRK and the US for the denuclearization process and peace and stability of the Peninsula, we hope parties concerned make joint efforts to maintain and deliver the consensus and properly resolve pending issues through contact and dialogue. China is ready to stay in close communication and coordination with other parties, actively advance the Six-Party Talks process, and make unremitting efforts to achieve lasting peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia.