China Calls for Calm, Restraint to Safeguard Six-party Talks

Xinhua reports on China’s response to the UN Security Council’s recent statement condemning North Korea’s missile launch, and Pyongyang’s subsequent threat to withdraw from the :

China on Tuesday called for calm and restraint to safeguard the process of the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, saying it accords with the common interests of the countries in the region and the international community.

“We have noticed the presidential statement of the UN Security Council over the DPRK’s launching activity and the statement of the DPRK Foreign Ministry,” said Jiang Yu, spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The UN Security Council on Monday adopted a presidential statement saying the launching activity of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was “in contravention of Security Council resolution 1718” and urging the early resumption of the six-party talks.

See also “For North Korea, sanctions hold little sway” from the Christian Science Monitor.

April 14, 2009 10:57 AM
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