Beijing opposes new sanctions against Pyongyang
Iran Press TV
Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:5PM GMT
China has expressed its opposition to the latest series of UN sanctions against North Korea and called for dialogue to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
“China maintains that sanctions shall not be the objective, and we urge relevant parties to stick to dialogues and explore effective ways of attaining lasting peace and stability in the region under the framework of the six-party talks,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying as saying.
The six-party negotiations include Russia, China, the United States, Japan, South Korea and North Korea, aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear program.
On February 12, North Korea announced that it had successfully carried out its third underground nuclear test, which involved a “miniaturized” device and was conducted in a “perfect manner.”
On March 7, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution, drafted by the United States and China, against North Korea, tightening Pyongyang’s financial dealings and adding new names to the UN sanctions blacklist.
On March 11, Pyongyang threatened to “wipe out” Baengnyeong Island in the South amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
“Once an order is issued, you should break the waists of the crazy enemies, totally cut their windpipes and thus clearly show them what a real war is like,” North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said.
The comments came on the same day that South Korea and the US launched a week-long military drill that has prompted Pyongyang to abandon the 60-year-old Korean War armistice, along with non-aggression pacts signed with the South.
North Korea condemned the maneuvers as a launch pad for a 'nuclear war,' saying it is scrapping the 1953 Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War.
North Korea also had cut off the Red Cross hotline, which was installed in 1971, on five occasions in the past, most recently in 2010.
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