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China condemns N. Korea for ruining its big day

Posted May. 15, 2017 07:19,   

Updated May. 15, 2017 07:34


Chinese foreign ministry said in an emergency statement on Sunday, “The UN Security Council Resolutions clearly stated North Korea’s ballistic missile program and its launch. China is opposed to the moves of DPRK relating to the missile launch as it violates UN Security Council resolutions.” Chinese President Xi Jinping invited 29 world leaders and representatives from 130 countries to Beijing for the international summit on the One Belt One Road (the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road.) Beijing showed signs of discomfort about North Korea’s provocations on the opening day of Belt and Road Forum.

In particular, China invited Kim Yong Jae, North Korean minister of external economic relations, and other delegates despite potential friction with the U.S. The U.S. embassy in Beijing submitted a diplomatic note to China’s foreign ministry on Friday, saying that inviting North Korea sent the wrong message, while Chinese ministry refuted that Beijing welcome all countries that attend this forum.

China has already made it clear that it intends to coordinate with Russia to resolve the North Korean issue in a peaceful manner. The Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of China, reported that Mr. Xi met Russian President Vladimir Putin and reaffirmed their will on that day. Mr. Xi was reported as saying, “The two countries have been committed to seeking a political solution to the Syrian conflict and the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, while playing a role of “ballast stone (that is thrown to harden the bottom of railways or roads)” in safeguarding regional and global peace and stability.”

Ja-Ryong Koo bonhong@donga.com · Young-A Soh sya@donga.com