Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Of the People's Republic of China
25 May 2009
According to the Korean Central News Agency, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced that it conducted the second nuclear test on 25 May. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China hereby makes the following statement regarding this matter:
On 25 May 2009, the DPRK conducted another nuclear test in disregard of the common opposition of the international community. The Chinese Government is firmly opposed to this act.
To bring about denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, oppose nuclear proliferation and safeguard peace and stability in Northeast Asia is the firm and consistent stand of the Chinese Government. China strongly urges the DPRK to honor its commitment to denuclearization, stop relevant moves that may further worsen the situation and return to the Six-Party Talks.
To safeguard peace and stability in Northeast Asia serves the common interests of all parties involved. The Chinese Government calls on all parties concerned to respond in a cool-headed and appropriate manner and persist in seeking a peaceful solution through consultation and dialogue. China will continue to make every effort towards this goal.