CHINA / National

China hopes UN response helpful to Penisula peace
Updated: 2006-07-06 19:36

China on Thursday expressed the hope that the response of the United Nations to the missile tests by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) should be helpful to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

"We think the Security Council should make a necessary response and the response should help maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the Northeast Asian region," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.

The UN Security Council met Wednesday for an emergency meeting to discuss the missile tests by the DPRK, which reportedly launched seven missiles on Wednesday morning.

"China participated in the consultations in a responsible way," said Jiang.

China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Wang Guangya told reporters before the meeting what action the Security Council would take depends on the consultations of all council members.

Jiang reiterated China's deep concern over the tension caused by the missile tests, hoping the parties concerned to keep calm and exercise restraint and avoid action that could further intensify and complicate the situation.

"China is in close contact and consultations with parties concerned," said Jiang.

China has been playing a constructive role in easing the situation on the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability in the region, said Jiang, adding that China will continue to push forward the negotiation process of the six-party talks.

"Facts prove that dialogue and consultation are effective ways to solve problems," said Jiang, noting that China will strive to ease tension through diplomatic efforts.