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China backs UN's response to DPRK nuclear test

Xinhua | Updated: 2013-02-28 21:23

BEIJING - A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Thursday said the UN's response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test was "prudent and moderate," and China supports the proper response against the test.

China's special representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei met with his ROK (Republic of Korea) counterpart Lim Sung-nam on Wednesday to exchange views on the situation on the peninsula, spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing Thursday in Beijing.

Regarding the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC's) discussion on a recent nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Hua said China wishes to safeguard peace on the peninsula and realize denuclearization.

Pyongyang conducted its latest nuclear test on Feb 12, marking its third test following nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, respectively.

China supports the UNSC's appropriate response which showed its opposition to the DPRK's nuclear test, Hua said.

"The UNSC's response has been prudent and moderate, and should be able to help realize the peninsula's denuclearization and safeguard peace and stability on the peninsula and northeast Asia," Hua said.

China has maintained close communication with the ROK and other parties regarding the UNSC's discussion, Hua said.

China has always maintained that the only correct solution to the Korean nuclear issue is to hold negotiations and resolve all parties' concerns in a comprehensive and balanced way, Hua said.

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