Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.


Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence


Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » World
2-min read

China 'Opposes' North Korea Missile Launch, Rejects Blame

After the North's latest test, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on China to use the oil it supplies to North Korea as leverage to pressure the isolated nation into reconsidering its nuclear programme.


Updated:September 15, 2017, 3:45 PM IST
facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp
China 'Opposes' North Korea Missile Launch, Rejects Blame
People watch a television broadcasting news of North Korea firing a missile that flew over Japan. (Image: Reuters)

Beijing: China condemned North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile over Japan on Friday but said it was "irresponsible" to blame Beijing for regional tensions after Washington urged it to rein in its ally.

After the North's latest test, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on China to use the oil it supplies to North Korea as leverage to pressure the isolated nation into reconsidering its nuclear programme.

But Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Beijing had made "enormous sacrifices at a great price" by implementing UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea.

"The core lies in a conflict between the DPRK and the US. The focal point of the contradiction is not China," Hua told a regular news briefing, using the acronym for the North's official name.

"China is not the driver behind the escalation of the tensions. China also does not hold the key to the Korean peninsula issue. The initiators of a trouble should end it," she said.

"It's irresponsible and unhelpful for the settlement of the issue to unjustly blame others and shirk responsibilities in any form."

China on Monday backed the eighth set of sanctions against North Korea at the UN Security Council after Pyongyang's latest and largest

the nuclear test, banning it from trading in textiles and restricting oil imports.

Washington had called for an oil embargo, but it softened its stance in order to secure the backing of China and Russia.

"China supplies North Korea with most of its oil. Russia is the largest employer of North Korean forced labour," Tillerson said.

"China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own."

In New York, the Security Council called an emergency meeting for later Friday after Pyongyang conducted its furthest-ever missile flight over Japan and into the Pacific.

"The Chinese side opposes the DPRK's violation of the resolution of the Security Council, and its use of ballistic missile technology for launch activities," Hua said.

"The concerned parties should exercise restraint. They should not take any further action that could aggravate the situation on the peninsula and in the region," Hua added.

Asked if Beijing would change its approach, Hua said China will "continue to comprehensively and completely implement the relevant resolutions of the Security Council".

She said UN resolutions should be implemented in a "balanced and comprehensive way".

"That means, on the one hand, we should maintain the pressure to prevent the development of the nuclear and ballistic activities from the DPRK," Hua said.

"But on the other hand, all parties should take concrete, effective and reasonable actions to create favourable conditions for the early resumption of peace talks, in order to push forward a peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

| Edited by: Puja Menon
Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results