Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

China's Xi urges France to help restart talks on North Korea

China's Xi urges France to help restart talks on North Korea

The foreign minister said China is "resolutely opposed to" the nuclear test the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conducted on Sunday, and urged the DPRK to "make the right decision" and "stop challenging the consensus and limit of the worldwide community".

China is deeply suspicious of any USA -backed military build-up in the region, and has repeatedly expressed anger at the deployment of a US anti-missile defense system in South Korea.

Although it has intensified since July as tensions have rose, this is part of a larger trend of China's military- particularly its navy- conducting drills close to Korea.

Also during the phone talks, President Xi noted that exchanges and cooperation between China and the United States in various areas have been moving forward.

But Li added that the drill was also a warning to US President Donald Trump after he made threats to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea.

Speaking by telephone, the two leaders said they were "very concerned about the current situation in North Korea" after Pyongyang staged its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date on Sunday, the spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement.

In a news conference in Beijing on Thursday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China supports the UN Security Council in responding further to the Korean Peninsula's nuclear issue.

Beijing does not want regime change in North Korea as the collapse of Mr Kim's government would most likely lead to a US-led administration on China's borders.

One of the moves that were done in an effort to sanction North Korea is the suspension of coal imports that represents a big chunk of income for their neighbor.

Although China's position has not changed, it has found it increasingly hard to maintain the status-quo amidst North Korea's increasing provocations and the unpredictability of the Trump administration in the United States.

Troops travelled to the site from central China before beginning drills to thwart the "surprise attack" simulating real battle from the Korean peninsula, said.

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