China, Japan, South Korea warn North Korea over n-tests (Lead)May 13th, 2012 - 6:05 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, May 13 (IANS) China, Japan and South Korea have warned they will not accept new nuclear tests by North Korea, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak said Sunday.
“Our three countries have agreed that we will not accept further nuclear tests or further provocations from North Korea,” Lee said after a tripartite meeting in Beijing.
Lee met Sunday with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda for a one-day summit, with the North Korea’s nuclear and rocket programs topping the summit agenda, reported RIA Novosti.
Wen said the three countries had the pressing task of calming tensions on the Korean peninsula and returning to dialogue.
The summit came a month after North Korea unsuccessfully launched a long-range rocket. The rocket fell soon after the takeoff but the liftoff drew international condemnation as it broke a UN ban adopted over concerns that North Korea could use these launches to develop missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.
Some media reports have said North Korea is preparing for a third underground nuclear test. Satellite images have showed the reclusive communist regime is digging a new tunnel underground in the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the country’s northeast, where it conducted two previous nuclear tests, first in 2006 and then in 2009.
- North Korea prepares for underground nuclear test - Apr 08, 2012
- South says North Korea ready to carry out nuclear test - Apr 24, 2012
- North Korea rocket launch fails (Second Lead) - Apr 13, 2012
- Japanese prime minister to return ancient Korean books - Oct 18, 2011
- Obama visits Korean demilitarised zone - Mar 25, 2012
- PM returns after Seoul visit - Mar 28, 2012
- Obama wants North Korea to drop rocket launch (Lead) - Mar 25, 2012
- Seoul hopes tensions between Koreas will ease - Jan 02, 2012
- North Korea marks army's 80th anniversary - Apr 25, 2012
- North Korea threatens to 'blow up' Seoul - Apr 20, 2012
- Russian, South Korean leaders meet in Seoul - Mar 26, 2012
- US confronts China over North Korean rocket launcher - Apr 24, 2012
- North Korea slams South Korean president - Apr 22, 2012
- `Upcoming n-summit aims for world without nuclear weapons' - Mar 19, 2012
- PM departs for Seoul n-security summit (Lead) - Mar 24, 2012
Tags: china japan, chinese premier wen jiabao, communist regime, international condemnation, japanese prime minister, korea south, korean peninsula, noda, north korea, nuclear tests, nuclear warheads, premier wen jiabao, president lee, ria novosti, rocket programs, satellite images, south korean president, summit agenda, test satellite, underground nuclear test