China backs UN Security Council’s decision on North Korea

China supports the UN Security Council in taking necessary measures regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear test, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang says on Tuesday.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to impose fresh sanctions on DPRK over its nuclear test on Sept. 3 for violating previous Security Council resolutions.

Geng said the resolution reflected the unanimous stance of Security Council members in safeguarding peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, advancing denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula and upholding international non-proliferation.

He said that the resolution called for a peaceful settlement through diplomatic and political means, supported the resumption of six-party talks and stressed measures to de-escalate tension on the peninsula.

“The Chinese side hopes that this resolution will be implemented comprehensively and completely.

“As a neighbor of the Korean Peninsula, China has been closely following the development of the situation there,’’ Geng said.

He said that China’s unswerving stance is for denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, maintaining peace and stability there and resolving problems through dialogue and consultation.

Related parties should bear their responsibilities, take practical measures to ease tension and resume dialogue and negotiation in order to solve the Korean Peninsula issue, Geng said.

He called on the DPRK to abide by the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

He urged them to stop the development of nuclear missiles, and urged the U.S. and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to avoid any actions that may further complicate the situation.

According to Geng, “the “dual-track approach” and the “suspension for suspension” initiative proposed by China, are practical methods to solve the Korean Peninsula issue.

“We called on the relevant parties to work with China to push for dialogue and negotiation and make joint efforts to realise peace and stability on the peninsula.”

Geng said that China firmly opposes the deployment of the U.S. anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in ROK.

This he said will severely harm the strategic security of China and other countries in the region, and damage the trust and cooperation among related parties on the Korean Peninsula issue.

According to reports, a number of Security Council members addressed the importance of a peaceful and political solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue after the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2375.

State leaders including ROK President Moon Jae-in, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed recently that they uphold peaceful ways of resolving the Korean Peninsula impasse.

Geng said at a daily press briefing that the current situation on the peninsula is highly complicated, sensitive and severe, and relevant parties should stay calm.

He reiterated that the “dual-track approach” and the “suspension for suspension” initiative are practical methods to solve the issue.

He called on all relevant parties to actively support China’s efforts to push for dialogue and negotiation, and play constructive roles for a peaceful solution of the peninsula issue.

 

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