China backs UN move against ally N Korea

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
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  • Updated: Mar 08, 2013 23:49 IST

The UN’s latest resolution on North Korea’s nuclear test in February is balanced, China has said even as Pyongyang decided Friday to nullify a non-aggression pact with South Korea and severed an emergency hotline with Seoul.

China’s statement came after a North Korean official talked about a preemptive nuclear strike against any aggressor.

In a statement released early Friday, the foreign ministry of China — North Korea’a closest ally and largest donor — called the UN resolution against North Korea “necessary and moderate.”

“China supports the UN Security Council’s necessary and moderate response to the nuclear test of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK),” foreign ministry spokesperson, Qin Gang said.

The UN Security Council on Thursday passed unanimously resolution 2094 on condemning the DPRK’s third nuclear test, which took place on February 12. The DPRK also conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

The resolution demanded the DPRK not to proceed with any further nuclear tests, give up any nuclear arms program and return to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

 

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