China Reaffirms They Are Against North Korea Violating United Nations Resolutions

John Kim, Sept. 28, 2015, 10:26 a.m.

In an apparent warning to North Korea, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday he opposes any action that violates U.N. Security Council resolutions as he and President Barack Obama reaffirmed their commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. Xi made the remark during a joint press conference after summit talks with Obama at the White House as concerns have grown that North Korea could launch a long-range rocket or conduct a nuclear test next month in violation of U.N. resolutions.

"We reaffirm our commitment to realize the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful way and we oppose any action that might cause tension in the Korean peninsula or violate U.N. Security Council resolutions," Xi said. Xi did not mention North Korea by name, but it was pretty clear that he was referring to Pyongyang.

It is highly unusual for a Chinese leader to publicly issue such a warning, given that Beijing has been reluctant to criticize North Korea and has usually urged all sides to exercise calm and restraint when it comes to tensions on the Korean Peninsula." Xi also said that a 2005 agreement on North Korea's denuclearizations and U.N. resolutions should be "implemented in full and all relevant parties should work together to firmly advance the denuclearization process of the Korean peninsula and maintain peace and stability so as to achieve enduring peace and stability in Northeast Asia."

U.S. President Barack Obama also reiterated his commitment to realizing a nuclear-free peninsula. "The United States and China have reaffirmed our commitments to the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a peaceful manner," Obama said. "We demand the full implementation of all relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions and we will not accept North Korea as a nuclear weapons state."

China is North Korea's last remaining major ally and a key provider of food and fuel. But it has been reluctant to use its influence for fear that pushing the regime too hard could result in instability on the border and hurt Chinese national interests.

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