Chinese government in firm opposition to DPRK nuclear test

The Foreign Ministry of the People's Republic of China issued a statement on a nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, with its full text as follows:

The statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (PRC)

October 9, 2006

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) outrageously conducted a nuclear test on October 9th in defiance of unanimous opposition from the international community, and the Chinese government voices its firm opposition to the test.

It is the Chinese government's unswerving and consistent position to enable the (Korean) Peninsula to go nuclear-free and oppose nuclear proliferation. The Chinese side strongly demands the DPRK side abide by its commitment to going nuclear free, halt all the activities that will possibly lead to the further deterioration of the situation and once again return to the track of the Six-Party talks.

The maintenance of peace and stability in the Northeast Asia region conforms to the common interests of all the parties concerned. The Chinese government appeal to all the parties concerned to respond calmly and persevere in settling the issue peacefully through consultations and dialogues. And the Chinese side will continue to make its unremitting efforts to this end.

By People's Daily Online

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