North Korea nuclear crisis

North Korea missile crisis must be resolved peaceably, says China’s top diplomat

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 May, 2017, 4:37pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 May, 2017, 11:35pm

China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, said on Tuesday his country insisted on a peaceful resolution in the wake of a series of North Korean missile tests.

“China’s stance [on North Korea] is clear and has been consistent,” Yang, China’s state councillor, said at the start of a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. “We insist on a political resolution through peaceful means.”

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The talks came as Pyongyang’s official KCNA news agency said on Tuesday a new ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system had been tested and that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons.

With Pyongyang continuing to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, Japanese officials have been eager to bolster cooperation between Tokyo and Beijing to prevent threats from North Korea.

Japan’s national security adviser Shotaro Yachi said he told Yang during their five hours of discussion on Monday that North Korea’s actions had reached a new level of provocation.

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“Japan and China need to work together to strongly urge North Korea to avoid further provocative actions and obey things like United Nations resolutions,” Yachi was quoted as telling Yang in a statement issued by the Japanese foreign ministry.