US, China make ‘significant progress’ at UN against N Korea

Chinese, US foreign ministers say that have reached ‘significant progress’ regarding North Korea

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a press conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, February 23, 2016.

China and the United States stated on Tuesday that they were about finalise an agreement regarding an United Nations resolution against North Korea for its nuclear test.

"We do not accept the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] nuclear missile program and we do not recognize the DPRK as a nuclear weapons state," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a joint news conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

"Important progress has been made in the consultations and we are looking at the possibility of reaching agreement on a draft resolution and passing it in the near future," he added.

North Korea claimed it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear device on January 6.

Both foreign ministers woved they will not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea and the resolution will result in North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un to reconsider his recent strategy.

The draft is still being “evaluated” by officials before being submitted to the UN Security Council.

China wants its neighbour North Korea to stop its nuclear program and to return to six-party international talks.

Six-party talks aims to end security concerns of North Korea’s nuclear program within a peaceful resolution.

China is the largest trade partner and most important ally of North Korea which has a historical tie to the country.

"We have made significant progress. It has been very constructive in the last days," Kerry told reporters. "We both hope that this can move forward very soon."

Kerry said if North Korea was willing to “come to the table and negotiate the denuclearisation” US is open for a peace agreement to conclude the 1950-53 Korean War which ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

Pyongyang has promised before it will conduct a “strategic” response if it felt threatened by a joint US-South Korean military exercise.

South Korea's Defence Ministry announced on Tuesday Washington and Seoul postponed talks on deploying missile defence system

Kerry said if North’s weapons do not represent a threat to the region then there will be need for any deployment of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system in South Korea, as planned.

THAAD is an US antiballistic missile system that shoots down short, medium, and intermediate ballistic missiles in their terminal phase.

Beijing is opposed to stationing of the missiles saying the deployment would destabilise balance of power in the region.

TRTWorld and agencies