Monday, July 31, 2017

China: US, North Korea should ease tensions themselves

China's UN envoy
China's UN envoy has said it is primarily up to the United States and North Korea, not Beijing, to reduce tensions and work toward resuming talks to end Pyongyang's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes.


Liu Jieyi's remark came on Monday after US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he was "very disappointed" China had done "nothing" for Washington with regards to North Korea who a day earlier conducted its second test this month of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Jieyi said "[the US and North Korea] hold the primary responsibility to keep things moving, to start moving in the right direction, not China".

"No matter how capable China is, China's efforts will not yield practical results because it depends on the two principal parties," Liu said, speaking at a news conference marking the end of Beijing's presidency of the UN Security Council in July.

Without naming anyone, he also accused "relevant countries" of violating Security Council resolutions by heightening tensions and failing to resume negotiations.
 [aljazeera.com]
31/7/17

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