CHINA TO ABIDE BY U.N. SANC­TIONS ON NKOREA

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Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi says his coun­try will “fully and com­pletely” abide by U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil sanc­tions res­o­lu­tions on North Korea.

Wang told re­porters Wed­nes­day China would work with other mem­bers of the coun­cil on how best to re­act to North Korea’s launch of a bal­lis­tic mis­sile over Ja­pan on Tues­day.

He says, “We will make a nec­es­sary re­sponse.”

While ac­knowl­edg­ing long-stand­ing ties be­tween the Py­ongyang and Beijing, Wang says China was com­pelled to act to guard against fur­ther in­sta­bil­ity.

China ac­counts for around 90 per­cent of North Korea’s for­eign trade and has pro­vided lim­ited diplo­matic cover for its ac­tions, de­spite grow­ing in­creas­ingly frus­trated at con­tin­ued provo­ca­tions.

North Korea’s state me­dia says leader Kim Jong Un has called for more bal­lis­tic mis­sile launches into the Pa­cific a day af­ter it flew a mis­sile de­signed to carry a nu­cle- ar pay­load over Ja­pan.

The Korean Cen­tral News Agency said Kim ex­pressed great sat­is­fac­tion with the launch, call­ing it a “mean­ing­ful pre­lude” to con­tain­ing Guam, the U.S. Pa­cific ter­ri­tory and mil­i­tary hub.

The agency says Kim said the coun­try needs to con­duct more bal­lis­tic mis­sile tests to the Pa­cific to ad­vance the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of its strate­gic force.

KOREAN CEN­TRAL NEWS AGENCY VIA AP

TEST LAUNCH. This Aug. 29, 2017 photo dis­trib­uted on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 30, 2017, by the North Korean gov­ern­ment shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwa­song-12 in­ter­me­di­ate range mis­sile in Py­ongyang, North Korea.

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