Guterres condemned repeated ballistic missile test by North Korea in strongest terms

After delivering a warning to North Korea that "all options" for responding to its future provocation are on the table, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and discussed cooperation in dealing with the "challenge" of the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

The foreign minister said that denuclearization is the basic precondition for long-term peace and stability on the peninsula and "what we must accomplish to safeguard the global nuclear non-proliferation regime". It calls on the North to refrain from missile and nuclear testing, while the US and South Korea should halt military drills in the area.

"During a broad discussion, members of the council (UNSC) unanimously called upon the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to renounce missile and nuclear tests and implement relevant UNSC resolutions", the ministry said in a statement following an open ministerial meeting on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue held by the UNSC Friday.

Positions of Russian Federation and China on the North Korean nuclear issue almost coincide, Denisov said.

"The use of force does not resolve differences, and will only lead to bigger disasters", Wang noted, adding that "as the only way out, dialogue and negotiation also represent the sensible choice for all parties".

But even though President Trump has expressed utmost confidence in recent days that China was now going to be helpful to rein in Pyongyang, the PRC said it wasn't their responsibility to bring their entrenched ally - China accounts for 90 percent of North Korean trade - to heel.




On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China's proposal "is gaining understanding and support of more and more countries".

No decisions were adopted within the meeting, the statement specified. The U.S. wants to tighten the implementation of sanctions and build worldwide resolve to isolate North Korea so Pyongyang eventually disarms.

The United States and South Korea have been holding joint military exercises since early March.

In an attempt to deter North Korea from conducting more nuclear and missile tests, the USA has sent a group of American warships to the region led by an aircraft carrier.

"We are once again urging both the United States and the Republic of Korea to reconsider its expediency, and other regional states not to yield to the temptation of joining such destabilizing efforts", the deputy foreign minister said.

China wants North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program, but has opposed unilateral sanctions imposed without a United Nations mandate.

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