“Today the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, despite universal opposition from theinternational community, conducted another nuclear test, to which the Chinesegovernment is firmly opposed,” said the statement.
DPRK state-run television reported early Friday that the country had conducted a nuclearwarhead explosion test. It was Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test and followed the previous oneby eight months.
“We strongly urge the DPRK side to honor the commitment to denuclearization, abide bythe relevant UN Security Council resolutions and halt any moves that could aggravate thesituation,” the statement said.
The statement said China’s stance has always been to achieve denuclearization on theKorean Peninsula, prevent nuclear proliferation and maintain peace and stability inNortheast Asia.
“China will, along with the international community, keep working toward the goal ofdenuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and commit to settling problems through thesix-party talks,” said the statement.
China will lodge representation with the DPRK over the nuclear test, Chinese ForeignMinistry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a press conference Friday.
Twists and turns on the Korean Peninsula this year have seriously damaged peace andstability in the region and gone against the common expectation of the internationalcommunity, Hua said.
The security concerns of relevant parties should be solved in accordance with theircommon interests, Hua said, adding that any unilateral action would be a dead end,making the situation more tense and complicated.
China strongly urged relevant parties to focus on the big picture, watch their words andactions and avoid mutual confrontation, Hua said.
China also called on relevant parties to make joint efforts to uphold peace and stability andproceed with the denuclearization process on the peninsula, Hua said.
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The 2018 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference is scheduled for April 8 to 11 in Boao, Hainan Province. The forum will be themed "An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity."
— The Daily Mail - People's Daily