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Beijing won't allow peninsula to 'descend into war and chaos'

Beijing won't allow peninsula to 'descend into war and chaos'


Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the remark on Tuesday after the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2375 on Monday to respond to North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, conducted on Sept 3.

The resolution’s measures include limiting oil supplies to North Korea and banning the country’s textile exports.

Also in the resolution, the Security Council calls for “a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation” and resumption of the Six-Party Talks. It underlines the need to “ensure lasting stability in Northeast Asia at large”.

Geng voiced China’s support for the resolution, and took note of the resolution’s call for peaceful solutions. “China hopes that the contents of resolution 2375 will be implemented in a comprehensive and complete manner,” he said.

Geng reiterated China’s commitment to denuclearisation of the peninsula, upholding the peace and stability of the peninsula and resolving the peninsula’s nuclear issue through dialogue and consultation.

He called for all parties to take effective measures to reduce tensions and resume talks. North Korea should observe the Security Council’s resolutions and stop nuclear and missile programmes, while the United States and South Korea should avoid action that will further complicate the situation, Geng said.

“The Korean Peninsula issue must be resolved peacefully. Military solutions will lead us nowhere and China will by no means allow the peninsula to descend into war and chaos,” Geng said.

He urged all parties to “give positive consideration” to China’s proposals of “suspension for suspension” and the “dual-track approach”, which are “practical and viable ways to address the Korean Peninsula issue”. Geng also reiterated China’s resolute opposition to the US deployment of the Thaad anti-missile system in South Korea.

Huang Youfu, a researcher of Korean history and culture at Minzu University of China, said sanctions are not an end in themselves, and eventually the Korean Peninsula issue needs to be peacefully solved through negotiation.

Huang said China has been working hard to solve the issue, such as advocating Six-Party Talks, and other parties, including North Korea and the US, should also work for a peaceful solution. ___


This article is written by Wang Qingyun from China Daily, Beijing / Asia News Network and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.