U.S and China in disagreement over N. Korea sanctions

2016/01/27 21:49

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi continue to have differing opinions on the sanction level to be implemented against North Korea for its recent nuclear test.

usviewer: At the outset of their meeting in Beijing on Wednesday, Kerry criticized North Korea for conducting its 4th nuclear test earlier this month. He called Pyongyang's nuclear development a challenge to the security of the world.

At a joint news conference after the talks, Kerry stressed that he and Wang agreed to seek a new UN Security Council resolution to impose additional sanctions on North Korea. He said they agreed on the need to find common ground to seek a strong sanctions' resolution by the UN Security Council.

Wang said China agreed on the Security Council's extra measures. But, he said a new resolution should neither provoke new tension on the Korean Peninsula nor destabilize it.

He said that it should bring the situation back on track so that North Korea's nuclear issue can be resolved through negotiations. Wang emphasized the importance of a diplomatic resolution for the matter.

The US is seeking heavier punishment for North Korea for its recent nuclear arms test. Beijing appears to be reluctant to impose harsh sanctions on Pyongyang for fear of making the situation on the peninsula unstable.

China is the largest trading partner for North Korea and a key source of economic aid for the isolated country. NHK World News reported.


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