China urges resuming N-talks

AFP-Jiji MUNICH (AFP-Jiji) — China on Friday urged a resumption of six-party talks with North Korea on Pyongyang’s nuclear program, saying a “negative cycle” of nuclear missile tests followed by sanctions must end.

“Today, what we see is nuclear test, sanction, nuclear test and then sanction again,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

“This negative cycle should not continue. Because the ultimate end result could be something that no one can bear. It’s a situation where everyone loses,” he said.

Wang stressed that U.N. Security Council resolutions — including sanctions — against Pyongyang should be fully implemented, but added, “We cannot give up on seeking a resumption of talks.”

“On this point, the United States and North Korea ... must quickly come to a political decision,” he said.

“We hope and call on all parties to stop taking any action that would provoke tensions.”

North Korea quit the now-stalled negotiations aimed at curbing its nuclear weapons program in 2009.Speech

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