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China firm against sanctions-only approach toward N. Korea

All News 16:49 January 27, 2016

BEIJING, Jan. 27 (Yonhap) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi showed disapproval Wednesday of the U.S.-led drive to focus on imposing the toughest-yet sanctions on North Korea.

Speaking to reporters after talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry here, the minister emphasized the need for dialogue efforts.

He said sanctions shouldn't be an objective itself, reiterating Beijing's three principles -- realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula and resolving it peacefully through dialogue.

Wang's remarks reflected a subtle disagreement between the two sides over the level of punishment necessary against Pyongyang for its Jan. 6 nuclear test, allegedly hydrogen-based.

Kerry said they agreed to seek a "strong" U.N. Security Council resolution against North Korea.

But Washington and Beijing are split over what should be included in the resolution.

The U.S. is reportedly demanding that China reduce its oil supply to North Korea and halt the imports of its minerals among various measures to put more pressure on Pyongyang.

Kerry described a nuclear-armed North Korea as a major threat to the world.

"The United States will do what is necessary to protect our country and our friends and allies in the world," he said.

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