DPRK’s nu­clear test con­demned

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By MO JINGXI in Bei­jing mo­jingxi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China has ex­pressed strong op­po­si­tion to the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea’s lat­est nu­clear test, say­ing the event has in­creased ten­sions and is not con­ducive to peace and sta­bil­ity on the Korean Penin­sula.

“China urges the DPRK not to take any more ac­tion that could ex­ac­er­bate ten­sions, and to re­turn to the cor­rect path of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion as soon as pos­si­ble,” Vice-Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Zhang Ye­sui told Ji Jaery­ong, the DPRK’s am­bas­sador to China Satur­day.

In the meet­ing, Zhang reaf­firmed China’s po­si­tion on the penin­sula, which is to re­al­ize de­nu­cle­ariza­tion, main­tain re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity, and re­solve prob­lems through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion.

Py­ongyang’s de­vel­op­ment and test­ing of nu­clear weapons goes against the ex­pec­ta­tions of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, in­ten­si­fies ten­sions and is not con­ducive to peace and sta­bil­ity, Zhang said.

The DPRK con­ducted its fifth and big­gest nu­clear test on Fri­day to mea­sure the power of its nu­clear war­head, the ex­plo­sive yield of which was es­ti­mated at about 10 kilo­tons.

The Repub­lic of Korea and Ja­pan con­demned the test, as did United States Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who said it posed a grave threat to re­gional se­cu­rity and in­ter­na­tional peace.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on

China urges the DPRK ... to re­turn to the cor­rect path of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion.” Zhang Ye­sui, vice-min­is­ter of for­eign af­fairs

the White House web­site on Fri­day, Obama said the US does not, and never will, ac­cept the DPRK as a nu­clear state.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil strongly con­demned the test, say­ing on Satur­day that it was a clear vi­o­la­tion of re­peated calls for the DPRK to halt such ac­tiv­ity. The UN ap­proved sanc­tions against Py­ongyang af­ter its fourth nu­clear test in Jan­uary.

Su Xiao­hui, a re­searcher of in­ter­na­tional strat­egy at the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said, “China has sent a clear mes­sage that it will never ac­cept the DPRK as a nu­clear state, and it will con­tinue to firmly push for­ward de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the penin­sula.”

Wang Jun­sheng, a re­searcher at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sci­ences, said the lat­est test will bring fresh ten­sion to the re­gion, but added that any de­ci­sion should be made in the com­mon in­ter­est.

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