Py­ongyang’s nu­clear plan op­posed

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nu­clear strike” against the on­go­ing an­nual US-ROK mil­i­tary ex­er­cise sched­uled for Mon­day to Sept 2.

The mis­sile test was the lat­est in a se­ries of launches by Py­ongyang in de­fi­ance of United Nations Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions.

Wang said China op­poses any words and deeds that cause ten­sions on the Korean Penin­sula and all ac­tions that vi­o­late Res­o­lu­tion 2270, which was passed unan­i­mously by the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on March 2 to ex­pand the scope of sanc­tions against the DPRK.

Zhang Lian­gui, an ex­pert on Korean stud­ies at the Party School of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, said Wed­nes­day’s mis­sile launch pro­vided a new topic for the tri­lat­eral meet­ing.

The comments made by the three key diplo­mats — mostly reaf­firm­ing their of­fi­cial po­si­tions — are “still of value”.

Wang’s mes­sage is that although Bei­jing is an­gry at Seoul’s plan to in­tro­duce the pow­er­ful Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fense an­timis­sile sys­tem, which may tech­ni­cally put part of China un­der the sys­tem’s radar, “China has not changed its po­si­tion on the Korean Penin­sula nu­clear is­sue”, Zhang said.

Ad­dress­ing tri­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion, Wang said that China, Ja­pan and the ROK — three large economies — should shoul­der im­por­tant

KIM KYUNGHOON / REUTERS

Japanese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe (right) greets Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi (cen­ter) and Repub­lic of Korea For­eign Min­is­ter Yun Byung-se at their meet­ing in Tokyo on Wed­nes­day.

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