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China supports 'necessary' UN action against DPRK

By Agencies

BEIJING - China on Friday said it supported "necessary" action against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by the UN Security Council to preserve the authority of the United Nations in the face of Pyongyang's latest nuclear weapon test this month.

The North's nuclear test angered both China and the United States and again raised questions about what can be done to stop its development of nuclear weapons.

The country is already under a wide array of international sanctions, and diplomats have said UN Security Council members were expected to discuss the possibility of adding to those.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the nuclear test violated UN resolutions and ran counter to goals for denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

"China supports the UN Security Council in taking the necessary response to this. We believe the United Nations' authority must be preserved, and the nuclear non-proliferation system must be safeguarded," the ministry cited Wang as saying, in a statement on its website.

Despite differences over the issue of new Security Council resolutions, the international community must take a "clear and consistent" direction and return to six-party talks, Wang said.

"It is not to provoke confrontation, but rather to firmly advance denuclearization goals," he added. "It is not bringing chaos to the peninsula, but to seek a plan for lasting stability."

Last week, the DPRK said it had tested a powerful hydrogen bomb but the United States and various experts doubt that, as the blast was roughly the same size as that from its previous test, of an atomic bomb, in 2013.

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