China Pressed on North Korea

From Singapore’s The Straits Times:

Japan pressed China on Sunday to take a tough stance on North Korea, saying anything but a ‘strong’ UN Security Council resolution in response to last month’s nuclear test would send the wrong message to the reclusive communist country.But China supported a ‘moderate and balanced’ resolution, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy. Foreign ministers of Japan and China met on the sidelines of high-level talks held on Sunday by the countries’ economic ministers… Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone told his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, that the UN Security Council should quickly send a message to North Korea that its underground nuclear test was unacceptable.

Otherwise, Mr Nakasone said, the UN would lose its authority and send a wrong message to the North, the official said. Mr Nakasone said Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development is a threat to regional and international peace.

See also past CDT posts on North Korea.

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