‘Bal­anced’ use of new sanc­tions urged

China wants UN res­o­lu­tion against the DPRK im­ple­mented ‘in its en­tirety’, calls for di­a­logue

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By MOJINGXI mojingxi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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 peo­ple’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.

“They­may 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.

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