China opposed to DPRK launch activities, urges restraint

[InKunming--Sister Cities] China on Monday said it is opposed to the launch activities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) that violates UN Security Council resolutions, and urged all sides to keep restraint.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a daily press conference that the UN Security Council resolutions have clear stipulations about launching activities using ballistic missile technology by the DPRK. China is opposed to the DPRK's launch activities that violates the UN Security Council resolutions.

Citing the ongoing training exercise jointly conducted by the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK), Geng said under the current circumstances, all relevant parties should keep restraint and avoid provoking each other and intensifying the tense situation in the region.

Geng made the remarks when asked to comment on the DPRK's firing of four ballistic missiles.

According to Geng, China's special representative on Korean Peninsula affairs Wu Dawei had phone calls with chief delegates of the United States and the ROK to the six-party talks. Wu voiced China's stance and concerns over the U.S.-ROK military drill and the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in ROK.

Wu said the joint military drill will not help to resolve the Korean Peninsula issue, but could intensify the confrontation and complicate the situation, according to Geng.

Wu also reiterated China's firm opposition to the deployment of THAAD and urged the other two countries to attach importance to China's concerns and deal with the problem appropriately.

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