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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Remarks on the United Nations Security Council's Adoption of Resolution 2371
2017/08/07

Q: On August 6, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2371 in response to the DPRK's missile launches. What's China's comment on that?

A: On August 6, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2371 in relation to the issue of the DPRK's latest ballistic missile tests. This resolution serves the objective of safeguarding peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, advancing the denuclearization process on the Korean Peninsula and upholding the international non-proliferation regime. It is also consistent with the spirit of the previous relevant Security Council resolutions and reflects the unanimous position of its members. While imposing new sanctions on the DPRK, the resolution also stresses that the sanction measures should avoid negatively affecting economic activities and cooperation that are not prohibited by the resolution as well as activities that are not prohibited by the Security Council, including food and humanitarian aids. The resolution reaffirms upholding peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia, calls for a settlement through a peaceful, diplomatic and political means, supports the resumption of six-party talks and stresses that relevant parties should take measures to deescalate the tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

At present, the situation on the Korean Peninsula remains complex and sensitive. China calls on relevant countries to remain restrained and make positive efforts to ease the tensions and properly resolve the Korean Peninsula issue. China has always maintained that the Korean Peninsula issue should be settled through dialogue and negotiation. To this end, we have put forward the "suspension for suspension" proposal,which calls for the suspension of nuclear and missile activities by the DPRK and the suspension of massive military exercises by the US and the ROK, and the "dual-track" approach which aims to promote parallel progress in achieving denuclearization and the establishment of a peace mechanism on the Peninsula. The proposals are objective, fair, reasonable and legitimate. We call on the international community to support the above-mentioned proposals and find a feasible way out for the Korean Peninsula issue. This also echoes the spirit of the Security Council Resolution 2371.

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