Q: The DPRK announced that it had successfully launched a satellite. Some countries responded strongly to that, saying that it voilated the resolutions of the UN Security Council. What is China's comment?
A:The Chinese side has noted DPRK's announcement of the launch of a satellite as well as the reactions from all sides. We believe that the DPRK has the right to make peaceful use of the space, but this right is subject to restrictions of the Security Council resolutions. The Chinese side regrets that the DPRK insisted on using ballistic missile technology to carry out the launch in spite of the pervasive opposition of the international community.
The Chinese side hopes that relevant parties could react with calm and caution, refrain from taking actions that may further escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and jointly uphold regional peace and stability.
The Chinese side always maintains that dialogue and consultaiton is the only way to ensure lasting peace and stability in the region. All parties should resume contacts and talks as soon as possible and avoid further worsening the situation on the Peninsula.