China tables UN statement on Korea missile launch
Updated: 2006-07-11 08:44 North Korea launched at least six missiles early last Wednesday and fired off
a seventh some 12 hours later. The missiles included a long-range Taepodong-2,
which some experts have said could hit Alaska.
U.S. Ambassador John Bolton told reporters no vote had been scheduled on
Japan's resolution, "We will reassess on a daily basis whether to proceed."
He called China's draft statement "manifestly insufficient". Britain's U.N.
Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry added, "The text we were offered as an alternative
didn't really do the job."
Wang Guangya said that while Beijing objected to North Korea's actions, the
main controversy was a "lack of confidence among the parties," with North Korea
insisting others had not lived up to their commitments.
He asked council members to show "some flexibility" in their position.
Over the weekend, Beijing's Foreign Ministry telephoned all Security Council
members in what one council member said was "heavy lobbying" against a vote on
the Japanese resolution.
US envoy lands in China for N.Korea
The top U.S. envoy on North Korea flew to Beijing on Tuesday on an
unscheduled visit as efforts intensified to find a diplomatic solution to a
crisis sparked by Pyongyang's test-launch of missiles last
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei, who had been in the
North Korean capital, returned to Beijing on Tuesday, for talks with the U.S.
envoy, Christopher Hill.
"I was asked to come back to Beijing to meet
with the Chinese authorities and talk to them about how their diplomatic effort
is doing in Pyongyang," Hill told reporters at Beijing airport.
know the vote in the Security Council has been postponed while the Chinese
endeavour to engage with the DPRK (North Korea). So I want to be close to that
process. So I hope to have some meetings this afternoon to talk to the Chinese
to see how they see that going ... Obviously we are in a rather crucial period."
Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu, who began a six-day visit to North
Korea on Monday, was apparently still there. And North Korean official Yang
Hyong Sop arrived in Beijing for a five-day visit that would include a meeting
with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Xinhua news agency said.
to northeast Asia late last week, visiting Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo in an effort
to forge a unified response to Wednesday's multiple missile launches, which have
ratcheted up tension and exposed fault lines in responses by regional
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday
that she hoped Beijing could persuade Pyongyang to return to stalled six-party
talks on its nuclear programmes, which also involve South Korea, Japan, Russia
and the United States.
The United States and Japan also want North Korea
to reinstate a moratorium on its missile launches.
In another sign of
the search for a diplomatic solution, South Korea planned to focus on the
missile launch and the North's nuclear programmes in North-South ministerial
talks scheduled in the port city of Pusan from Tuesday.
officials were due in Pusan later in the day for discussions originally due to
concentrate on economic matters.