China agrees new UN resolution on N. Korea

TOKYO, Jan 27 (KUNA) — China agreed the UN Security Council should take further actions and pass a new resolution on North Korea following its nuclear test earlier this month, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
Wang made the remarks at a joint press conference in Beijing with US Secretary of State John Kerry after their talks. “The new resolution should aim to bring the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue back to the negotiating table, rather than stirring up tension or causing chaos on the peninsula,” Wang said.
“North Korea’s latest nuclear test violated the UN Security Council resolution and threatened the international nuclear non-proliferation system. Therefore, China has voiced its opposition against the move,” he said. The minister also said China’s stance on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is clear, consistent and responsible, and will not be changed by any single incident or affected by sentiment. “China is committed to the denuclearization of the peninsula, maintaining its peace and stability, and resolving the issue through dialogue and consultation,” Wang said.
For his part, Kerry said, “Let me emphasize that the United States and China are determined to cooperate where we can deal with differences constructively where they exist. That determination continues to drive our approach on issues,” according to state-run China Central Television.
Wang also mentioned the South China Sea issue, saying China has the rights to protect its territorial sovereignty in the disputed sea, and that Beijing and Washington should manage the issue in a constructive way. Kerry is on a two-day visit to China that began on Tuesday. (end) mk.hb