China seeks calm af­ter PRK nu­clear move

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHAO YI­NAN Xzhaoy­i­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China has called for de­nu­cle­ariza­tion on the Korean Penin­sula and the avoid­ance of any ac­tions that could es­ca­late ten­sion in the re­gion.

The move fol­lows Py­ongyang’s de­ci­sion to re­open nu­clear fa­cil­i­ties and its threats to launch lon­grange rock­ets.

Hong Lei, a spokesman for the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, re­it­er­ated China’s de­nu­cle­ariza­tion pol­icy on the Korean Penin­sula and its quest for peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

“We call for so­lu­tions to the prob­lems through di­a­logue, and we hope that the par­ties con­cerned will take steps con­ducive to main­tain­ing the peace and sta­bil­ity of the penin­sula.

“The Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of Korea’s right to ex­ploit outer space is lim­ited by the United Na­tions, and the sanc­tions should be car­ried out faith­fully,” Hong said.

He was com­ment­ing on Py­ongyang’s re­sump­tion of its main nu­clear com­plex in Yong­byon, a city about 100 kilo­me­ters north­east of the cap­i­tal, and the coun­try’s threat to launch satel­lites on long-range rock­ets.

The Re­pub­lic of Korea De­fense Min­istry said on Tues­day that the fir­ing of a long-range mis­sile would rep­re­sent a se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion of the UN res­o­lu­tions, but added that it had not de­tected any signs that the DPRK was pre­par­ing for such a launch.

Ex­perts said Py­ongyang’s tac­tics are aimed at spurring talks with the United States, but they have also struck a blow to re­la­tions with China.

China is plan­ning an in­ter­na­tional seminar in Bei­jing on Fri­day with par­ties in­volved in the six­na­tion talks on end­ing the

We call for so­lu­tions to the prob­lems through di­a­logue.”

DPRK’s nu­clear pro­gram, hop­ing to bring the is­sue back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble.

The six-na­tion talks have been stalled since early 2009.

Zhu Feng, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies at Nan­jing Univer­sity, said Py­ongyang’s de­ci­sion to re­open its nu­clear fa­cil­i­ties will ag­gra­vate ten­sions on the Korean Penin­sula and com­pel the UN to con­sider new sanc­tions against the coun­try. “If so, China is very likely to sup­port the sanc­tions,” he said.

Shi Yongming, an Asi­aPa­cific stud­ies re­search fel­low at the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, said, “China could of­fer a pack­aged de­nu­cle­ariza­tion plan, in­clud­ing mea­sures to help eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, as a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.”

Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

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China’s for­eign min­istry spokesman Hong Lei.

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