VN supports nuclear disarmament in N Korea

Update: March, 04/2016 - 09:38
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh. — File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh yesterday reaffirmed Viet Nam's position in support of peace, stability and nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula.

He made the statement when answering reporters' questions about Viet Nam's response to the United Nations Security Council's new resolution that imposed sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"Viet Nam wishes that all parties involved will work hard together and engage in dialogues to find a peaceful resolution for the situation on the Korean peninsula in order to make contributions to maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world," he said at the ministry's regular press conference.

"As an active and responsible member of the international community, Viet Nam has been and will strictly comply with all resolutions of the United Nations Security Council," he said.

Asked whether Viet Nam should have stronger measures regarding China's continuous provocation in the East Sea, such as the deployment of fighter jets, Binh stressed that as a direct party in the East Sea, Viet Nam's consistent position was to stick to peaceful measures in line with the UN Charter and international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.

Viet Nam will firmly safeguard its sovereignty and jurisdictional rights in the East Sea by peaceful means in accordance with the United Nations Charter and international law, he added.

"Until now, the consistent position by Viet Nam has contributed to maintaining peace and stability in the region and was highly welcomed by the international community," he said.

Regarding reporters' questions on Viet Nam's response to a recent report on the China National Offshore Oil Corporation's invitation for international bids to explore oil blocks in the East Sea, Binh said authorised agencies of Viet Nam are currently working to determine details of the bidding.

However, Viet Nam's consistent position is that, according to international law and practices, neither side can unilaterally carry out oil and gas exploration and exploitation activities in this area because the two countries are working together on the delimitation of marine boundaries in the Gulf of Tonkin, he said.

Concerning a question about China's announcement that three out of four nationals who currently live on the Phu Lam (Woody) island in Viet Nam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago are soldiers, Binh reaffirmed that Viet Nam has indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spartly) archipelagoes.

"Therefore, any activities taken by other sides in this area without the permission of Viet Nam are unlawful," he said.

Regarding the upcoming visit to Viet Nam by US President Barack Obama, which is scheduled for May, Binh said President Obama told Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on the sidelines of the ASEAN-US Summit in California last month that he hopes to learn more about the people and culture of Viet Nam during his visit.

PM Dung welcomed the President and said he believes that the visit would help to open a new stage for co-operation, peace and development in the comprehensive partnership between the US and Viet Nam, and contribute to peace, stability and co-operation in the region and the world, Binh noted. — VNS