China on Tuesday criticised US officials over comments calling on Beijing to do more to control North Korea’s banned nuclear programme.
Beijing is North Korea’s single major ally that could “clearly” do more, said a senior US State Department official. Despite several rounds of economic embargo, North Korea had few opportunities to carry out international business without China, he added.
Chinese criticism by the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hau Chunying came during a press conference ahead of US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit, who is expected to arrive in the country this week, Kerry has promised to do more to convince China to push for more controls on North Korea’s nuclear programme.
Kerry is also expected to discuss the issue of South China Sea, a source of growing tension between China and South Asian countries.
"Many of the remarks made no sense and were not constructive," Hua Chunying told reporters.
Hua said that "relevant countries" should take responsibility and not "point the finger at other people and make irresponsible remarks."
On Jan. 6, North Korea claimed that it had successfully conducted a test of miniaturised nuclear device, which if true, marks a significant advance in the isolated country’s strike capabilities in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.