North Korea's nuclear test not conducive to Korean peninsula stability: Chinese official

John Kerry Secretary of State

John Kerry Secretary of State

In the statement, the Foreign Ministry stated their regret that North Korea had carried out the test ´without considering the general opposition of the global community.´ The firm position of China is to achieve denuclearization of the North Korean peninsula, prevent nuclear proliferation and maintain peace and stability of Northeast Asia, emphasized the statement.

Pyongyang has conducted a series of ballistic missile launches since top North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gave an order on March 15 to test a nuclear warhead and ballistic rockets capable of carrying the warhead "in a short time".

After a closed-door meeting on the matter, the United Nations Security Council on Friday issued a press statement, saying "a clear threat to global peace and security continues to exist" with the DPRK's latest test.

The nuclear test is a second in eight months, after a test of the country's first H-bomb. "This is in clear violation of numerous UN Security Council resolutions and in complete disregard of the repeated demands of the worldwide community", the agency Chief Yukiya Amano remarked.

The United States, Japan, and South Korea have also denounced North Korea's latest nuclear test.

Obama said he had spoken separately by phone with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the issue.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) on Friday activated a contingency plan following a suspected nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Zhang said it is China's "firm and consistent" stance to realize denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, maintain regional peace and stability and resolve problems through dialogue and consultation.

"We strongly urge the DPRK side to honor the commitment to denuclearization, abide by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and halt any moves that could aggravate the situations".

Beijing urged Pyongyang to stop any provocative actions which can further deteriorate the situation in the region.

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