Be cautious over North Korea, China asks UNSC

April 6th, 2009 - 7:35 am ICT by IANS  

New York, April 6 (Xinhua) China has called on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to be “cautious and proportionate” in its reaction to North Korea’s rocket launch.
Ambassador Zhang Yesui, China’s permanent representative to the UN, told a press conference here Sunday that the reaction of Security Council, which held an emergency session on the missile launch by Pyongyang, should be “cautious and proportionate”.

“It served the common interests of the international community to continue to promote the Six-Party Talks, achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintain peace and stability on the Peninsula and in Northeast Asia,” he said.

The 15-nation Council kicked off an emergency session Sunday afternoon at the request of the Japanese mission to the UN over the alleged long-range missile test by North Korea, which says it has launched a communications satellite into orbit.

US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told reporters shortly before the beginning of the UNSC meeting that Washington calls for “a strong collective action” from the Security Council.

“We have been in consultation with our allies in the region, and other partners in the Security Council,” Rice said before she entered the Security Council chamber.

French UN Ambassador Jean- Maurice Ripert also told reporters that the Security Council “should act in an unanimous way” after the rocket launch by Pyongyang.

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