Japan, China to urge N. Korea

Jiji Press BONN (Jiji Press) — Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi agreed Friday to urge North Korea to abide by a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions against its nuclear and missile development.

Regarding sanctions against North Korea, Kishida said China should play a “constructive role as a responsible permanent member of the Security Council” in the wake of North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test on Sunday.

Wang replied that his country is committed to the resolutions.

The meeting, held on the sidelines of a Group of 20 gathering in Bonn, also covered China’s continued maritime operations in the East and South China Seas.

Kishida expressed his country’s opposition to any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the seas.

In connection with Chinese ships’ repeated entries into Japanese waters near the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands, claimed by China, Kishida is also believed to have requested that Beijing refrain from moves that escalate tensions.

According to a Chinese Foreign Ministry source, Wang told Kishida that over important and sensitive problems, Tokyo has taken steps that hinder an improvement in bilateral relations.

This remark is believed to be a Chinese response to the U.S. assurance made during the recent summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump that the United States is committed to defend the Senkaku Islands under the bilateral security treaty.

Wang asked Japan to maintain the “One China” principle of not diplomatically recognizing Taiwan. Kishida expressed Japan’s respect for China’s position.Speech

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