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(LEAD) China won't accept N. Korea's pursuit of nuke weapons: FM

All Headlines 15:35 March 08, 2016

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BEIJING, March 8 (Yonhap) -- China will not allow North Korea to continue its defiant pursuit of nuclear and missile programs, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday, as the U.N. Security Council adopted a new resolution targeting the North's nuclear ambitions.

North Korea has been slapped with a fresh package of U.N. sanctions following its fourth nuclear test and launch of a long-range rocket, both of which violated previous U.N. resolutions.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, however, reaffirmed that sanctions won't help resolve the North Korean problem, saying, "Blind faith in sanctions and pressure, in fact, is not responsible for the future of the Korean Peninsula.

"China and North Korea enjoy a normal state-to-state relationship with a deep tradition of friendship," Wang told a press conference on the sidelines of China's annual meeting of its rubber-stamp parliament.

"If the country seeks development and security, we will be prepared to help and support. But, at the same time, we have an unwavering commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Wang said. "We will not accommodate North Korea's nuclear and missile programs."

In recent weeks, China has called for relevant nations to simultaneously pursue discussions to end the 1950-53 Korean War and reach a settlement on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The Korean War ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.

The Chinese proposal echoed a long-standing demand by North Korea.

Wang renewed the proposal, saying it is "reasonable" and "feasible," given North Korea's "rational concerns."

The U.S. has said the demand for peace treaty talks by North Korea is a nonstarter as long as the North pursues its nuclear ambitions. U.S. officials have stressed that Pyongyang has got the order wrong and should first focus on negotiations to end its nuclear program.

To realize the Chinese proposal, Wang said China is open to holding "three-party, four-party or even five-party contacts."

The six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program, involving South Korea, North Korea, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia, have been stalled since late 2008.

The idea of holding the "five-party" talks, excluding North Korea, was put forward by South Korean President Park Geun-hye after the North's fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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