US rebuffs China over N.Korea talks

Mar 09, 2017, 00:08
US rebuffs China over N.Korea talks

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has condemned the firing of missiles by North Korea. "It should persuade Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang to cease their provocations and make concerted efforts to create the conditions for the North's denuclearisation and permanent peace on the Peninsula", the state-owned Global Times said in an editorial.

Although the council already has imposed six rounds of increasingly tougher sanctions on North Korea, Pyongyang remains defiant, arguing that the launches were in response to the annual United States-South Korea military exercises.

South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn condemned the launches as a direct challenge to the global community and said the country would swiftly deploy a US anti-missile defense in the face of angry objections from China.

"New Zealand strongly urges North Korea to cease such tests and abide by its global obligations".

Nuclear-armed North Korea fired four ballistic missiles east of the peninsula on Monday, with Japan saying three of them landed in its waters. Pyongyang has called the drills a prelude to an invasion.

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The security council has imposed six sets of sanctions on North Korea - two of which were adopted a year ago to significantly ramp up measures and deny Mr Kim's regime hard currency revenue.

As sanctions by the United States against North Korea have increased, he has vowed to develop a intercontinental ballistic missile that can deploy a nuclear weapon to the US.

The condemnation came in a US-drafted statement that was unanimously approved by the Council - despite United States tensions with China over Washington's deployment of an advanced missile defence system in South Korea.

The platform's presence in South Korea is controversial as China fiercely opposes its deployment there, NBC News said Monday. "Korea (military) exercises", Wang Yi said at a press conference on the fringes of this year's session of the National People's Congress, China's legislature.

US national security adviser H.R. McMaster and senior South Korean presidential official Kim Kwan-jin held a phone conversation after the missile firings. Involved in the drills were artillery units tasked with striking "U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in Japan", according to the Korean Central News Agency.