China and Russia on Friday called for diplomatic
resolution regarding Pyongyang's missile launch crisis amid Japan's push for
sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
China believes that instead of seeking sanctions against Pyongyang, the UN
Security Council can best make a unanimous and firm response to DPRK's missile
launch "through a presidential statement with strong messages", said Wang
Guangya, Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Besides such strong messages, the UN Security Council, as the most important
world organization, should take actions responsibly by taking into account all
possible negative consequences that they might lead to, said Wang.
"All actions taken by the Security Council, if we are going to take one,
would be conducive to the diplomatic effort which is now underway," said the
Earlier, Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Russia had "serious
concerns" over DPRK's actions.
But he voiced Russia's opposition to sanctions, saying "in my mind we could
consider the format of a presidential statement."
He urged all parties to be "clear-headed" and keep in mind the need for talks
to achieve a diplomatic solution.
Japan presented a draft Security Council resolution on Friday that seeks
sanctions against the DPRK.
The draft, co-sponsored by Britain, France and the United States, invokes
Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which authorizes sanctions or even military action.
The text of the draft said that "member states shall take those steps
necessary to prevent missiles and missile-related items, materials, goods,
technology being transferred, including through intermediaries, to end users in
or supplying DPRK's missile and weapons of mass destruction programs."
Demanding that Pyongyang should "immediately cease the development, testing,
deployment and proliferation of ballistic missiles and re-establish its
preexisting commitments to moratorium on missile launching," it also calls on
member states to "take those steps necessary to prevent the procurement of
missiles or missile-related items, goods and technology from the DPRK."
Kenzo Oshima, Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations, said his delegation
would ask for a vote on the draft on Saturday. But U.S. Ambassador John Bolton
said that did not necessarily mean a vote would take place on Saturday.
Diplomats might hold off voting until next week to give more time to
diplomatic efforts, observers here said.
Earlier on Thursday, the DPRK Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the
latest missile launches were part of the routine military exercises staged by
the DPRK army for upgrading the nation's military self-defense