Remarks by Ambassador Geng Shuang, Deputy Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of November, at a UN Security Council Briefing on the November 21 Launch by the DPRK

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Ambassador Geng Shuang, Council President for November, speaking in his national capacity, expressed deep concern about the escalation of antagonism and confrontation on the Peninsula.

If the situation is allowed to deteriorate in this way, it may eventually spiral out of control and undermine efforts taken by all parties over the past several decades and add new turbulence to an already troubled world.

No country can pursue its own absolute security at the expense of the security of others, he stressed, noting that if the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea constantly feels threatened, the Peninsula will not get out of this security dilemma.

In this regard, he stressed the need to address Pyongyang’s legitimate security concerns. Citing dialogue and negotiation as the only way forward, he called on Washington, D.C., to refrain from pressure tactics such as military exercises and, instead, come up with practical proposals.

Speaking in his national capacity, noted that he will repeat part of his statement — as it was inaccurately quoted by the representative of the United States — underscoring that no country can pursue its own security at the expense of others’.

If the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea constantly feels threatened, and its legitimate concerns cannot be resolved, then the Korean Peninsula will not be able to get out of its current security situation.

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