US: US, China oppose North Korea nuclear test

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U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Glyn Davies, at right speaks to journalists at a hotel in Beijing, China, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Davies is on a trip that includes his stops in South Korea, China and Japan for talks on how to move forward on North Korea relations. AP

BEIJING— Washington and Beijing have agreed that a nuclear test by North Korea would lead to its further isolation and set back efforts to restart regional talks on its nuclear disarmament, a U.S. envoy said.

After talks in Beijing on Friday with senior Chinese officials, U.S. envoy for North Korea Glyn Davies said both sides are opposed to any nuclear test by North Korea and said ridding it of nuclear weapons remains a condition for bringing stability to the region.

“We reached strong consensus that a nuclear test will be troubling and will set back efforts to de-nuclearize the Korean Peninsula. De-nuclearization is a necessary precondition to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” Davies told reporters.

He said North Korea can choose to test and further isolate itself or return to disarmament talks that involve South Korea, Japan and Russia as well as the U.S. and China.

“We judge North Korea by its actions, not its words,” he said.

Davies’ Beijing talks come amid visits to South Korea and Japan to discuss what to do about North Korea. His tour also comes as tensions are rising and China is showing signs it wants to rein in its North Korean ally. Beijing fell into rare agreement with Washington this past week, allowing the U.N. to tighten sanctions against North Korea as punishment for a rocket launch last month.

In response, the North Korean Defense Commission, which commands the military, said it is prepared to conduct a nuclear test and made clear its missiles are capable of reaching the United States.

Another nuclear test by North Korea would pose a challenge to newly installed Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping, unsteadying South Korea, Japan and the United States. Relations between the three and Beijing are strained, and their trade and investment help to keep the buoyant Chinese economy growing.

Asked about Davies’ visit, China’s Foreign Ministry said that given the current tensions, all sides need to keep calm. “The current situation of the peninsula is complicated and sensitive. We hope the relevant sides can stay calm, strengthen dialogue, avoid any acts that will escalate tension and jointly maintain peace and stability of the peninsula,” ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a routine daily media briefing.

China provides most of North Korea’s fuel and a good deal of its food and accounts for an increasing share of its trade and investment. But in more than a decade of recurring missile launches, two nuclear tests and other provocations by North Korea, China has been reluctant to use its economic leverage, fearing it could destabilize its neighbor.

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  • blunderact

    US sold the interest of ASEAN again. What could be the compromise for to China to agree? Maybe for US not to support Japan, Vietnam and Philippines in the disputed islands in South China Sea.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

      Agree..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/R7U3M7MSRMV7ZUV7V7YBSNR5VQ Jon Paul

      I read the article again but it did NOT say selling Asean’s interest. Stop hallucinating.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    China said be calm on NK as they are unstable and they may not heed our advise and nuke everyone… live it to us as we supply most of their fuel, food and he he he ha ha haay… as you see we are the biggest investor and we will not let anyone eat our pie. Get that?

    It looks like China is manipulating the situation.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EYBIT7RJ7IMCFEJDBPZNXSFZG4 Ewan

    request ko lang sa NORth korea ibagsak nila  yun nuclear nila sa senate and sa congress para maubos ang magnanakaw sa pinas

  • i_am_filipino

    CHINA IS STIRRING THE WORLD WITH LIES AFTER LIES AFTER LIES TO SABOTAGE THE WORLD. CHINA IS A GHOST WHISPERER AND A GHOST GOVERNMENT OF NOKOR

  • i_am_filipino

    CHINA TO US ON FIRST NOKOR ROCKET TRIAL. DONT STOP THEM. CHINA TO US ON WESTERN PHILIPPINE SEA – DONT INTERFERE. PHILS TO US AND CHINA- WITH OR WITHOUT US WE WILL GO FOR WAR. CHINA TO US ON SYRIA – DONT INTERFERE. CHINA TO IRAN ON NUKLEAR , WE WILL FINANCE YOU. US TO CHINA ON JAPAN DISPUTE – DONT INTERFERE. CHINA TO JAPAN – LETS GO FOR WAR, SENDING 3 SHIPS. CHINA TO NOKOR ON NUCLEAR- LET US MANIPULATE THE WORLD WITH LIES . NORTH KOREA TO CHNA – F&$K OFF WE WILL DROP NUCLEAR TO YOU CHINA.

  • Meow Ming

    The Philippines oppose any nuclear test by North Korea.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GMD4LSF4UNITVPJGST3CJVMVA David

    wee kung ang mga bansang ito mismo me nuclear arms, anong K nila para sabihan ang n. korea? magpakatotoo nga.

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