- Title: China says it supports U.N. on new North Korea sanctions
- Date: 24th November 2016
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (NOVEMBER 24, 2016) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG WALKING IN FOR REGULAR BRIEFING MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "We have said several times that China supports the Security Council to take further actions in response to North Korea's fifth nuclear test. As far as we know, the relevant members of the U.N. Security Council are discussing the new draft resolution related to North Korea at present." JOURNALISTS SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "China resolutely opposes North Korea in conducting nuclear tests. Realizing denuclearization on the (Korean) peninsula and maintaining the peace and stability in northeast Asia, resolving the nuclear issue on the peninsula via peaceful methods such as dialogue and negotiation have always been China's stance (on the North Korea issue)." BRIEFING IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 9th December 2016 09:29
- Keywords: China UN North Korea Security Council nuclear test
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00159SZK1Z
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- Story Text: China said on Thursday (November 24) that it supports new U.N. sanctions to be imposed on North Korea over the nuclear test it conducted in September.
Since North Korea's fifth and largest nuclear test on September 9, the United States and China, a close ally of North Korea, have been negotiating a new draft Security Council resolution to punish Pyongyang.
That draft text was recently given to the remaining three permanent council veto powers - Britain, France and Russia.
Two other council diplomats confirmed China has agreed to new sanctions but that Russia had some issues.
In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China supported further action being taken by the Security Council in response to North Korea's nuclear test, but details of the draft resolution were still being discussed.
The United States and China have agreed on the sanctions, but Russia is delaying action on a draft resolution, a senior Security Council diplomat said on Wednesday (November 23).
The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, believed China could persuade Russia to agree to the new sanctions and that the 15-member Security Council could vote on the draft resolution as early as next week.
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