China makes veiled warning to N. Korea not to carry out nuclear test
BEIJING: China on Wednesday issued a veiled warning to neighboring North Korea not to carry out what is widely expected to be an imminent nuclear test.
“Peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia bears on China’s national interest and also bears on the interests of all relevant parties,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai told a news briefing.
“China will oppose anything which might jeopardize peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia, as this would damage China’s national security interests and the interests of the relevant parties as well,” he said, when asked about the possibility of a new nuclear test by North Korea. “We believe that no party should take any action that might escalate tensions.”
China is the only major power that the impoverished North has for an ally, but even Beijing’s influence over Pyongyang is limited in the diplomatic stalemate over the North’s efforts to build a nuclear arsenal.
The United States has called on China to do more to rein in North Korea. But Cui, in China’s highest level comments yet on the possibility of a new test, said everyone shared equal responsibility.
“Maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia is the joint responsibility of all sides, not just China alone,” he added. “China’s basic position on this issue is that the parties concerned should work unwaveringly for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia.”
|And that's why this is all theater and not a 'warning' to the Norks: it's just another way for China to get a dig in at the U.S.|
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