Bei­jing ‘does not hold the key’ to penin­sula is­sue

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By MO JINGXI mo­jingxi@chi­nadaily.com.cn Zhou Jin con­trib­uted to this story.

Bei­jing ex­pressed its op­po­si­tion to Py­ongyang’s use of bal­lis­tic mis­sile tech­nol­ogy in vi­o­la­tion of UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on Fri­day, call­ing for re­straint from all rel­e­vant par­ties.

“The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion on the Korean Penin­sula is com­pli­cated, sen­si­tive and se­vere. All rel­e­vant par­ties should re­main calm and avoid ac­tions that in­ten­sify ten­sions,” For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing said af­ter Py­ongyang fired a bal­lis­tic mis­sile that flew over north­ern Ja­pan and landed in the Pa­cific Ocean ear­lier in the day.

Hua also said it is “ir­re­spon­si­ble” to blame Bei­jing for re­gional ten­sions af­ter US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son called on China to use the “pow­er­ful tool” of oil to per­suade Py­ongyang to re­con­sider its “cur­rent path”.

Ac­cord­ing to Hua, China has strictly and com­pre­hen­sively im­ple­mented UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions, and has made “enor­mous sac­ri­fices at a great price”.

“Our sin­cer­ity and ef­forts should not be doubted,” she said.

She noted that the essence of the nu­clear is­sue on the Korean Penin­sula is a se­cu­rity is­sue, and the core is con­flict be­tween Py­ongyang and Wash­ing­ton.

“China is not the driver be­hind the es­ca­la­tion of the ten­sions. China also does not hold the key to the Korean Penin­sula is­sue. The ini­tia­tors of trou­ble should end it,” she said.

“It’s ir­re­spon­si­ble and un­help­ful for the set­tle­ment of the is­sue to un­justly blame oth­ers and shirk re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in any form,” she added.

In the long­est flight for a DPRK mis­sile, it reached an al­ti­tude of about 770 kilo­me­ters and flew for about 19 min­utes over a dis­tance of about 3,700 km, ac­cord­ing to the Repub­lic of Korea’s mil­i­tary — far enough to reach the US ter­ri­tory of Guam, Reuters re­ported.

Hua Chun­y­ing, For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman

The ROK’s mil­i­tary said it con­ducted a live-fire drill by mo­bi­liz­ing Hyun­moo-2A bal­lis­tic mis­siles about six min­utes af­ter the DPRK’s mis­sile launch.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil will hold an emer­gency meet­ing on Py­ongyang’s lat­est mis­sile launch on Fri­day, at the re­quest of the US and Ja­panese del­e­ga­tions, days af­ter it unan­i­mously adopted a new res­o­lu­tion im­pos­ing more sanc­tions over Py­ongyang’s Sept 3 nu­clear test.

Shi Yong­ming, a re­searcher at the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, said the US never tries to de­ter­mine what its own prob­lem is, but in­sists on blam­ing China for the cur­rent ten­sions.

“How­ever, what­ever China does will not fun­da­men­tally solve the is­sue,” he said.

Our sin­cer­ity and ef­forts should not be doubted.”

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