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China lodges diplomatic protest against N-test

“Firmly opposing” North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, close ally China on Friday lodged a diplomatic protest with the reclusive state and asked it to honour its commitment to denuclearisation and halt any move that could “aggravate the situation.” 

“We strongly urge the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to honour the commitment to denuclearisation, abide by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and halt any move that could aggravate the situation,” China’s Foreign Ministry said.

“China will, along with the international community, keep working toward the goal of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and be committed to settling problems through six-party talks,” it said. The ministry’s spokesperson Hua Chunying said a senior official would lodge representation with South Korea.

Asked if China knew about the test, Hua said she has “no information”, but added developments on the Korean Peninsula this year have seriously damaged peace and stability and gone against the common expectation of the international community. Soon after the explosion, China ordered radiation monitoring on its border with North Korea. 

UNSC to discuss North Korea move
The UN Security Council has decided to meet to discuss North Korea’s fifth and most powerful nuclear test to date. The 15 council members will meet at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Friday for urgent consultations, at the request of the US and Japan, said the New Zealand mission. New Zealand holds this month’s presidency of the Security Council. 

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