China urges calm after N.Korea triggers alarm

SEOUL (Reuters) – China, the closest North Korea has to an ally, on Wednesday called for restraint after the reclusive state said it planned a nuclear test in a move the United States said would threaten world peace.

“We hope that North Korea will exercise necessary calm and restraint over the nuclear test issue,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in a short statement on Wednesday on the ministry’s Web site. Liu urged a negotiated settlement, saying countries should “not take actions that escalate tensions”. 

The United States, France and Japan have all pressed for the issue to be dealt with at the United Nations. But Beijing wants it resolved through six-country talks set up to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. North Korea has snubbed Those talks — involving the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States — for almost a year.


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