China maintains contact with relevant parties on DPRK satellite launch: FM
BEIJING, Dec 13, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China said Thursday that it has
made contact with all relevant parties since the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea's satellite launch.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a daily
"China has stayed in contact with all relevant parties on the
situation of the Korean Peninsula," he said.
"The volatility of the situation on the Korean Peninsula is
rooted in security concerns," Hong said, adding that uncertainty
has been growing recently.
Hong said the DPRK's satellite launch has highlighted the
significance and urgency of resuming the six-party talks, which
are aimed at realizing the denuclearization of the Korean
"We hope all sides concerned will make concerted efforts to
resume and advance the six-party talks process," he added.
In response to a question on possible sanctions imposed by the
UN Security Council, Hong said the Chinese side holds that the
Security Council's response should be "prudent and moderate" and
conducive to maintaining the overall peace and stability of the
peninsula instead of escalating tensions there.
China will maintain close coordination with all parties, in an
effort to properly handle the current situation and safeguard the
peace and stability of the peninsula and the region, he said.
He reiterated China's regret that the DPRK launched a satellite
on Wednesday amid the universal concern of the international
community, saying the DPRK is entitled to the peaceful use of
outer space, which is subject to relevant UN Security Council
Hong said China has made unremitting efforts to safeguard peace
and stability on the Korean Peninsula and to promote the
denuclearization of the peninsula, and its achievements have been
widely recognized by the international community.
China is ready to work with relevant parties to seek the
ultimate solution to the long-lasting peace and order of the
region and the peninsula, he said.
The six-party talks, which involve the Republic of Korea, the
DPRK, China, the United States, Japan and Russia, began in 2003
but stalled in December 2008.
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