Wang Yi stresses sup­port for UN core ob­jec­tives

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By HONG XIAO at the United Na­tions xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­

Wang Yi, state coun­cilor and for­eign min­is­ter of China, on Wed­nes­day reaf­firmed the coun­try’s com­mit­ment to the United Na­tions and its key role in the in­ter­na­tional or­der.

“China ad­heres to its solemn com­mit­ment to the pur­poses and prin­ci­ples of the UN Char­ter, res­o­lutely safe­guards the con­tem­po­rary in­ter­na­tional sys­tem with the UN as its core and earnestly ful­fills its in­ter­na­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and obli­ga­tions,” Wang said dur­ing the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meet­ing at UN Head­quar­ters in New York.

The sum­mit-level meet­ing of the 15-mem­ber Coun­cil was ini­ti­ated by the US to dis­cuss ways that the body over­see­ing global peace and se­cu­rity can bet­ter en­force res­o­lu­tions con­cern­ing the non-pro­lif­er­a­tion of weapons of mass de­struc­tion.

Wang said that given the com­plex chal­lenges to in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity, China be­lieves the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil should per­form its func­tion in a fair and just man­ner as man­dated by the char­ter; should ad­here to po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment; and should en­hance unity to pro­mote con­sen­sus and co­or­di­na­tion.

Wang said China ad­vo­cates the rule of law and con­sol­i­dat­ing and im­prov­ing the in­ter­na­tional non-pro­lif­er­a­tion regime.

“We need to take mul­ti­ple mea­sures to im­ple­ment the non-pro­lif­er­a­tion treaty in a bal­anced man­ner,” said Wang. “We need to boost in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and en­hance all coun­tries’ non-pro­lif­er­a­tion ca­pa­bil­ity to achieve uni­ver­sal se­cu­rity.”

Talk­ing about the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA) on the Ira­nian nu­clear is­sue, Wang said the agree­ment has been en­dorsed anony­mously by the coun­cil and is “a hard-won achieve­ment of mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism”.

China en­cour­ages Iran to con­tinue to ful­fill the com­mit­ments it has made, “while the le­git­i­mate rights of all coun­tries to nor­mal eco­nomic and trade co­op­er­a­tion with Iran should also be re­spected”, Wang said.

Wang said China calls on the rel­e­vant par­ties to pro­ceed with the view of long-term and over­all in­ter­ests to main­tain the se­ri­ous­ness, in­tegrity and ef­fec­tive­ness of the JCPOA.

Wang also said that since the be­gin­ning of the year, ma­jor progress has been made on the Korean Penin­sula sit­u­a­tion, “and China has made un­remit­ting ef­forts for this to hap­pen”.

China calls upon all par­ties “to seize the cur­rent op­por­tu­ni­ties, turn the po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus into con­crete ac­tions and work in the di­rec­tion of set­ting up a peace mech­a­nism on the penin­sula and the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the penin­sula to re­al­ize last­ing peace on the penin­sula at an early date”, he said.

Wang cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied any at­tempt by China to in­ter­fere in other coun­tries’ do­mes­tic af­fairs, as­sert­ing that the prin­ci­ple of non-in­ter­fer­ence in in­ter­nal af­fairs is a Chi­nese for­eign pol­icy tra­di­tion and has been widely praised by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

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