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China Urges Resumption of Six-Party Talks

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei answers reporters' questions in Beijing.  (file photo)
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei answers reporters' questions in Beijing. (file photo)
Shannon Van Sant
China urges calm following North Korea's threats of another rocket launch in response to this week's Security Council resolution.

Beijing says it is urging resumption of the six-party talks in the wake of Pyongyang's threats.  Earlier on Thursday, North Korea vowed to launch more long-range rockets and conduct a third nuclear test.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei says the situation on the Korean peninsula is complex and sensitive. He says all parties should remain calm and avoid taking actions that will escalate the situation in the region.

North Korea released a statement through its state-run media in which the country’s National Defense Commission says it will launch satellites and rockets and conduct a nuclear test.  

China has long been the North's strongest ally and in the United Nations has consistently supported dialogue about sanctions in dealing with the North's nuclear program. However, this week Beijing joined a U.N. Security Council resolution spearheaded by the United States which condemns North Korea’s December 12 rocket launch and tightens sanctions on North Korea.

China took part in consultations on the Security Council resolution, but has been opposed to new sanctions.

China also backed U.N. resolutions following North Korea’s nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

Despite those measures, North Korea has proceeded with developing its rocket and nuclear programs, indicating that China's influence with its ostracized neighbor remains limited.

Lu Chao, a specialist in Korean Peninsula Studies at the Liaoning Social Science Academy, says China has made its position clear to North Korea that it should stop the rocket launches. But Lu points out that North Korea is a sovereign country and will likely take actions that are contrary to China’s wishes.

South Korean officials have said evidence following last month’s rocket launch indicates North Korea has developed parts of a long-range missile.

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by: P.Sharma from: Canada
January 24, 2013 10:21 AM
"But Lu points out that North Korea is a sovereign country and will likely take actions that are contrary to China’s wishes."

He conveniently forgets that its is because of China the United nations was not able to effectively stop North Korea going nuclear. China consistently blocked US efforts to contain North Korea's nuclear program. They are doing the same with Iran

Meanwhile. China does not want South Korea, Japan, Taiwan or Vietnam acquiring a nuclear weapon

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by: Danidanado from: Philippines
January 24, 2013 9:34 PM
As a Canadian, I must contest everything that Jonathon Huang has said, even the part that he is from Canada. Sounds and smells like a ChinCom Fifty Center to me. Outrageous statements like Japan being "US Dog", "US is the one scared about Japan having Nukes", etc convince me. Also his spelling and grammar aren't on par with someone who actually lives in Canada. The Chinese Google Translator is vastly inferior to our own. Out of respect for VOA I won't use the words I'd like to describe how I feel about this individual stating he is from Canada. I'll just say instead that what he said before has the same amount of Truth as that he is from Canada. PS. Sharma makes a good point.

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by: Jonathan huang from: canada
January 24, 2013 7:52 PM
I dont know about SK and Vietnam. But I know it was US stopped Taiwan's nuclear project in 60's. As for Japan, lol everyone knows its US dog. And US is the one dropped nukes on it. So US is the one scared about Japan having Nukes.
As SK, I read news last month that it begged US to allow the research on long range missiles. Isnt it clear, who the boss?

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