China says it opposes “unhelpful” unilateral North Korea sanctions

China has said it believes sanctions on North Korea are not the ultimate answer and called for a return to talks.

By: Reuters | Beijing | Published: September 15, 2016 7:20 am
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart that China opposes “unhelpful” unilateral sanctions on North Korea but will work within the United Nations to formulate a necessary response. China has expressed anger with North Korea for its fifth and largest nuclear test to date last week, but has not said directly whether it will support tougher sanctions.

China has said it believes sanctions are not the ultimate answer and called for a return to talks. Wang told Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida that China opposed the nuclear test, and that it is willing to work with other permanent members of the UN Security Council to “come up with a necessary response to the new changes to the situation on the peninsula”, China’s Foreign Ministry said late on Wednesday.

“With all sides focused on the authoritative channel of the Security Council, China opposes unilateral sanctions that are unhelpful to resolving the issue,” the statement paraphrased Wang as saying, without elaborating. A U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, met Japanese officials on Sunday and said the United States may launch unilateral sanctions against North Korea, echoing comments by U.S. President Barack Obama last Friday.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Kishida said the nuclear test was unforgivable and a direct, grave threat to Japanese security, and asked China for a constructive response as a responsible permanent member of the Security Council. China is isolated North Korea’s most important diplomatic backer and biggest trading partner, but frustrated with repeated nuclear and missile tests it has signed on to increasingly tough UN sanctions and insisted it is complying with them.

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    Apurba Putatunda
    Sep 15, 2016 at 5:23 am
    China is an ally of North Korea. It has to say something against North Korea's nuclear test, so it has said something, which attaches no value.
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      Apurba Putatunda
      Sep 15, 2016 at 5:26 am
      It is known to everybody. China, being an ally of North Korea, can never support sanction by US upon North Korea.
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        Vijay
        Sep 15, 2016 at 9:00 am
        Expel China from UNSC and WTO, meanwhile void Chinese votes in any international forum. Create new Security body for ASIA.
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          Gudla Deepak
          Sep 15, 2016 at 8:56 am
          I just want to go and tell the Chinese to go and suck your lemons.
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          1. Sandeep Singh
            Sep 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm
            CHina should be a veto memeber of untied nations as it has lost all his credibility towards a safer world.China is nothing more than a big factory which can come ot its knees if big countries like US and Indian Stop importing.
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