DPRK to conduct nuclear test, world's
BEIJING, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- China hopes that the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK) must keep calm and restraint on the nuclear test issue,
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in a statement here
"We hope that the DPRK must keep calm and restraint on the nuclear test
issue," Liu said.
Liu's comment came after the DPRK Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday
that it would conduct a nuclear test in the future.
"We also hope that all relevant parties must address their concerns through
dialogues and consultations instead of taking actions that may intensify the
situation," Liu said.
The Chinese side has always maintained a denuclearization of the Korean
peninsula, and safeguarding peace and stability of the peninsula and northeast
Asia through the six-party talks process.
In Tuesday's statement, DPRK said "the field of scientific research of the
DPRK will in the future conduct a nuclear test under the condition where safety
is firmly guaranteed."
DPRK "will never use nuclear weapons first," the statement added.
The international community responded quickly to DPRK's announcement.
The United States' Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday that
a nuclear test by DPRK would be a "very provocative" act.
Earlier in the day, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in
a statement that a nuclear test by the DPRK would pose an "unacceptable" threat
to peace and stability in Asia and the world.
"The Republic of Korean (ROK) government expresses very serious concern and
regret over it," said ROK Foreign Ministry spokesman Choo Kyu-ho in the
"The ROK government clearly reaffirms the position that it would never be
acceptable (to the South Korean government) for the North (DPRK) to possess
nuclear weapons, and the government urges the North to immediately scrap the
plan for a nuclear test," he said.
The UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Tuesday voiced his serious concern
over the DPRK's stated intentions of carrying out a nuclear test in the future.
"Such action, if undertaken, would further aggravate tensions in the
region," he said, noting that "it would bring universal condemnation by the
international community and will not help DPRK achieve the goals expressed in
its statement, particularly with regard to strengthening its security." Enditem