Stop mis­sile tests, China tells North Korea

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

China’s for­eign min­is­ter has told his North Korean coun­ter­part that Py­ongyang should stop car­ry­ing out nu­clear and mis­sile tests, hours af­ter fresh sanc­tions were agreed by the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

Wang Yi said he urged Ri Yong-ho to abide by UN res­o­lu­tions in a meet­ing on Sun­day in the Philip­pines.

He did not say how Mr Ri replied.

Sat­ur­day’s res­o­lu­tion ban­ning North Korean ex­ports and lim­it­ing in­vest­ments in the coun­try was passed unan­i­mously.

Mr Wang said sanc­tions were needed, but “are not the fi­nal goal”, and he urged di­a­logue. He said he had told North Korea to re­main calm, and not pro­voke the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity with more tests.

The Chi­nese en­voy also urged the US and South Korea not to in­crease ten­sions, say­ing that the sit­u­a­tion was at a “crit­i­cal point”, but also a junc­ture at which talks could be re­sumed.

Py­ongyang tested two in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles in July, claim­ing it now had the abil­ity to hit the US.

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