Chinese Government express anger at North Korea missile launches

May 26th, 2009 - 5:09 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

The Chinese Government has rebuked North Korea over its nuclear test on Monday and the firing of five missiles over the last two days, calling on its neighbor to, “honor its commitment to denuclearization.”

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ma Zhaoxu, said China was urging North Korea to return to six-nation talks aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear program.

On Monday North Korea’s military fired three short-range ballistic missiles from its east coast following an underground nuclear test that has drawn international condemnation and followed this up with two more missile launches on Tuesday.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said it was “firmly opposed” to North Korea’s nuclear test.

In a tightly worded statement the ministry called “on all parties concerned to respond in a cool-headed and appropriate manner and persist in seeking a peaceful solution through consultation and dialog.

“China strongly urges the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) to honor its commitment to denuclearization, stop relevant moves that may further worsen the situation and return to the six-party talks.”

Of the stalled talks, which involve the United States, South Korea, Japan and Russia, Mr. Ma said China has been keeping contact with all the parties.

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