Remarks by Ambassador Geng Shuang at the UN Security Council Briefing on the Korean Peninsula Nuclear Issue

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June 28, 2024


I thank Under-Secretary-General Izumi Nakamitsu for her briefing, and have heard the introduction by Mr. Jonah Leff. I welcome the Permanent Representative of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to this meeting.

China and the Korean Peninsula are linked by rivers and mountains with connected security and future. No one is more concerned than China about the peace and stability on the Peninsula, and no one looks forward more than China to the development and prosperity on the Peninsula. Currently, the persistent tension and intensifying confrontation on the Peninsula is deeply disturbing to China. Looking around the world today, the crisis in Ukraine has dragged on. The Gaza conflict has not yet seen an end. And geopolitical tensions are escalating with spillover effects constantly showing up. The world is already chaotic enough, and there must not be more trouble on the Peninsula.

If there are war and chaos on the Peninsula, the entire Northeast Asia will be deeply affected. Peace and stability in Asia and Pacific, which has been maintained for more than half a century, will suffer a blow, the global strategic security pattern will also be changed as a result. A peaceful and stable Korean Peninsula serves the common interests of the countries in the region and the common expectations of the international community. The more tense and fragile, complex and sensitive the situation becomes, the more important it is for all parties to remain calm and exercise restraint and be prudent in their words and actions. China calls on all parties concerned to work together to cool down the situation and join hands to maintain peace and stability on the Peninsula.


The question concerning the Peninsula is, in essence, a security issue. In order to resolve the Peninsula issue, we must uphold the vision of common security and bear in mind the principle of indivisible security of all countries. the idea of building one’s own security on the insecurity of other countries and the practice of pursuing one’s own absolute security at the expense of the security of other countries will not work at all. Certain countries use the Peninsula issue to advance their geopolitical strategies, increase their military presence, and strengthen their extended deterrence. Such actions will only lead to camp confrontation, exacerbate tensions, and make it more difficult to achieve the goal of long-term peace and security in the region.

History and past practices have repeatedly shown that only when all parties engage in dialogue and negotiation, mutually show goodwill and flexibility to agree on a proposal that takes into account the concerns of all parties and follow up with serious implementation in good faith, can the situation on the Peninsula move towards detente and the political settlement process make progress. Otherwise, the situation on the Peninsula will fluctuate with ups and downs, and can easily descend into a spiral of escalating confrontations. China calls on the parties concerned to be rational and pragmatic, and make joint efforts to find a solution to the situation. Certain country in particular, I can point out clearly that it is the US I mean, should end the myth of deterrence and pressure, and demonstrate sincerity in unconditional dialogue through concrete actions.

As the lingering legacy of the Cold War, the Peninsula issue has dragged on for decades. The crux of the problem is the lack of mutual trust between the US and the DPRK and the absence of a peace mechanism. In order to fundamentally resolve the question of the Peninsula, it is necessary to realize the transition from the armistice to a peace mechanism, which China has been calling for and actively working for for many years. Recent developments have brought to the fore further the urgency and importance of establishing a peace mechanism on the Peninsula. China reiterates its call on all parties concerned to act in the interest of maintaining regional peace and stability, resolve the difference properly, and move towards the same goals, so as to make joint efforts to promote a political settlement of Peninsula issue.


Just now, the US Representative, in his statement, again attacked and made accusations against China’s position and role on the Peninsula issue. China strongly rejects this and absolutely does not accept it. The current situation on the Peninsula continues to be tense. How did this come about? The US should reflect deeply especially on its own actions, instead of blaming others and shirking its own responsibility as it habitually does.

For a long time, China has made unremitting efforts to ease the situation on the Peninsula and promote a political solution, and has played an important role. China’s relevant efforts have been widely recognized and highly appreciated by the international community, and allowed no smear from the US.

To conclude. I’d like to emphasize that as a close neighbor of the Peninsula and a responsible major country, China will play a constructive role in its own way for the realization of long-term peace and stability on the Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.

Thank you, President.


Second Round of Remarks by Ambassador Geng Shuang at the UN Security Council Briefing on the Korean Peninsula Nuclear Issue



I would like to respond briefly to the statement just made by the US representative. As I mentioned in my earlier statement, China has always taken a prudent and responsible approach to the issue of the Peninsula, and China’s role and our efforts on the issue are evident to the international community. China decides on its own its policy and position on the question of the Peninsula and does not need the US to tell us what to do.

Thank you.


Third Round of Remarks by Ambassador Geng Shuang at the UN Security Council Briefing on the Korean Peninsula Nuclear Issue



First of all, I would like to emphasize once again that China has been promoting peace talks on the Peninsula issue and has been making positive efforts to maintain peace and stability on the Peninsula, but China’s efforts also require the cooperation of all parties concerned, especially the United States. In addition, I would also like to advise my American colleagues that they need to change their old habit of not looking for the causes of any problems in themselves, but always blaming others. This is not constructive.

Thank you.

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