Hu urges restraint on missile test crisis
Updated: 2006-07-07 05:59
China is committed to maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula
and opposed to any actions that might aggravate the situation, President Hu
Jintao said yesterday.
U.S. President George
W. Bush (R) and first lady Laura Bush (2nd L) gather on the South Portico
of the White House with China's President Hu Jintao (2nd R) and his wife
Liu Yongqing at a welcoming ceremony in Washington, April 20, 2006.
Hu made the remarks when talking to his US counterpart George W. Bush about
Pyongyang's launch of several missiles on Wednesday.
In the telephone conversation, Bush said that the United States was concerned
about the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Washington still adheres to the commitment of resolving the Korean Peninsula
issue by diplomatic means, Bush was quoted as saying in a statement from China's
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) acknowledged for the first
time yesterday that it had launched the missiles. It vowed to conduct more tests
and threatened to use force if the international community tried to stop it.
"We will go on with missile launch exercises as part of efforts to bolster
deterrence for self-defence in the future, too," DPRK's official KCNA news
agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying.
"The DPRK will have no option but to take stronger physical actions of other
forms should any other country dare take issue with the exercises and put
pressure upon it."
The DPRK reportedly launched at least six missiles from its east coast early
on Wednesday, including a long-range Taepodong-2, which some experts said could
The Republic of Korea (ROK) press reported yesterday that the DPRK had three
or four short- or medium-range missiles on launch pads ready for firing.
US Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns told CNN yesterday that his
country would work to muster international pressure on the DPRK to "cease and
desist" such actions.