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China says UN actions should work for peace on Korean Peninsula (05/26/09)

BEIJING, May 26 (Xinhua) -- China said Tuesday it hoped the UN Security Council's actions should be conducive to peaceful resolution of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

After closed-door consultations of the Council, the Rotating President of the Council for May, Vitaly Churkin, made a statement about Monday's nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), voicing strong opposition to and condemnation of the test.

"We called on all parties concerned to seek calm and proper response, and to pursue peaceful resolution of the issue through consultation and dialogue," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told a regular press briefing.

"We think the relevant actions of the Security Council should be conducive to achieving the non-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Ma said.

"China would continue its unremitting efforts to this end with all parties concerned," he reiterated.

Ma also said China advocated that all relevant parties should uphold the goal of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, under any circumstances, to maintain the peace and stability of northeast Asia.

"China strongly demands that the DPRK live up to its commitment to non-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, stop any activity that might worsen the situation and return to the track of the six-party talks," Ma stressed.


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