‘Balanced’ use of new sanctions urged
China wants UN resolution against the DPRK implemented ‘in its entirety’, calls for dialogue
China said on Thursday that the resolution with new sanctions against Pyongyang adopted by the United Nations Security Council should be implemented “in its entirety and in a balanced way”, and called for early resumption of the Six-Party Talks.
The 15-member council unanimously approved a resolution on Wednesday to tighten sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in response to the DPRK’s latest nuclear test in September, which was the fifth since 2006. In March, the UN body passed sanctions against the country that at the time were the toughest yet.
“The resolution introduced new measures that show the Security Council’s determination, and also noted that negative consequences on the DPRK’s humanitarian situation and the livelihood of its people should be avoided, because the measures are not intended to affect normal economic and trade activities,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news conference in Beijing.
Geng said the top priority is for the parties concerned to resume dialogue and negotiations at an early date and relaunch the Six-Party Talks as soon as possible. Participants in the talks, which have been suspended since late 2008, are China, the DPRK, the Republic of Korea, Japan, the United States and Russia.
Geng also reaffirmed China’s opposition to the planned deployment of an advanced US missile defense system in the ROK, urging that the process be stopped immediately.
Wang Junsheng, a researcher of Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the new sanctions are tougher than ever.
“Placing a cap on the DPRK’s exports of resources including coal will cut the money it needs to develop nuclear weapons and missiles,” he said.
“However, we can see that the bottom line is that peo- ple’s livelihoods should not be affected, and this is also what China has insisted on.”
Yu Shaohua, a researcher of Korean Peninsula studies at the China Institute of International Studies, said the sanctions will also catch the attention of the DPRK’s citizens.
“They may realize that what their country is doing goes against the will of people all over the world. And the DPRK government might be aware of the serious consequences of the sanctions,” she said.