China opposed any military action to deal with the Korean
Peninsula situation, following the recent nuclear test by North
Korea, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Jianchao said at a regular
press conference yesterday.
According to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA),
North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test on Monday.
"North Korea should refrain from any action that may aggravate
the Korean Peninsula situation," Liu said, urging North Korea to
return to six-party talks.
"We believe that the denuclearization and the maintaining of
peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula best serves the
interests of all parties," the spokesman said.
Liu said China is consulting with other parties and hope the
consultation will be conducive to furthering the diplomatic
The members of the United Nations Security Council have been
discussing a draft resolution circulated by the United States,
which tends to take punitive sanctions against North Korea.
"Any action, any decision, any resolution, must be conducive to
resolving the issue peacefully," Liu said.
While urging all parties to keep coolheaded, Liu called for the
early resumption of the six-party talks.
The six-party talks on Korean nuclear issue remained stalled
since the last round of meeting was held in Beijing last
The last round of talks, involving China, South and North Korea,
the US, Russia and Japan, ended up with a Chairman's Statement, in
which the parties concerned agreed to resume the talks as soon as
Following North Korea's nuclear test on Monday, China has been
engaged in a string of diplomatic activities.
President Hu Jintao late on Monday held phone talks with
US President George W. Bush, exchanging views on the nuclear
Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing exchanged views via phone with his
counterparts from the US, European Union, Britain and Canada.
State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan headed to the US on Wednesday as a
special envoy of President Hu.
"Tang will discuss the Korean Peninsula situation with senior US
officials," spokesman said.
Tang will also pay a working visit to Russia.
Liu also announced that South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun will
arrive in Beijing on Friday.
During Roh's one-day working visit, President Hu, top legislator
Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao will hold talks or meet with him
respectively, Liu said.
"They will mainly discuss bilateral relations and the situation
on the Korean Peninsula," Liu said.
Liu said he hoped the visit would strengthen bilateral friendly
cooperation and the all-round cooperative partnership between the
This is Roh's second visit to China since he took office in
2003. Roh paid a state visit to China for the first time in July,
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's possible visit to
Beijing is also under arrangement, the spokesman said.
(Xinhua News Agency October 13, 2006)