China backs ‘fur­ther re­sponse’ to DPRK

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHAO HUANXIN and WANG QINGYUN Contact the writ­ers at zhao­huanxin@chi­

Bei­jing sup­ports the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in “mak­ing a fur­ther re­sponse” to the lat­est and largest nuclear test con­ducted by the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea in Septem­ber, a For­eign Min­istry spokesman said on Thurs­day.

“China is res­o­lutely op­posed to the DPRK’s nuclear tests,” Geng Shuang told a reg­u­lar news brief­ing in Bei­jing. Geng re­it­er­ated China’s stance on real­iz­ing de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula, safe­guard­ing its peace and sta­bil­ity and re­solv­ing is­sues through di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tion.

Geng made the com­ments in re­sponse to for­eign news agen­cies’ re­ports on Wed­nes­day that the United States and China had agreed on new UN sanc­tions against Pyongyang.

“It is our un­der­stand­ing that the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil mem­bers are now in con­sul­ta­tion on a rel­e­vant draft res­o­lu­tion,” Geng said.

On Wed­nes­day, an un­named se­nior Se­cu­rity Coun­cil diplo­mat was quoted by Reuters as say­ing that the pro­posed res­o­lu­tion was re­cently given to the re­main­ing three per­ma­nent coun­cil mem­bers with veto pow­ers — Bri­tain, France and Rus­sia.

Wang Jun­sheng, a re­searcher of Korean Penin­sula and North­east Asia stud­ies at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, said he be­lieved the lat­est res­o­lu­tion will be tougher than pre­vi­ous res­o­lu­tions that the body has ap­proved in an ef­fort to curb the DPRK’s nuclear and mis­sile pro­grams.

It will prob­a­bly in­clude new items for sanc­tions, Wang added.

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