By Katie Nelson
A Chinese nuclear representative has said that China will not accept North Korea as a ‘nuclear-armed state’ according to the IBTimes. China’s position towards North Korea is now in alignment with South Korea and the United States, the official has announced, just months after the DPRK‘s displays of provocation involving nuclear missile threats and nuclear testing.
According to South Korea’s Yonhap News,
The Chinese envoy Wu Dawei made the remarks when he held talks on Thursday in Beijing with his Seoul counterpart Lim Sung-nam, said the official at Seoul’s foreign ministry who is familiar with the Lim-Wu talks.
The remarks come amid signs that recent tensions might hurt ties between Beijing and Pyongyang, highlighting China’s waning tolerance for its neighbor’s provocations.
Last month, US Secretary of State John Kerry likewise told reporters in Beijing and Seoul that “The United States will not accept the DPRK as a nuclear state”.
“I think that China has been increasingly disappointed by the North’s provocations, including the December rocket launch and the third nuclear test,” an official in Seoul said.
China’s president Xi Jinping told reporters last month, in possible reference to North Korea, that “No one should be allowed to put a region and even the entire world into chaos for selfish gains”.
The DPRK allegedly moved two Musudan missiles that were on standby in the country’s east, reports said on Monday, in what Pentagon representative George Little has described as “a provocation pause”.
Little said that a growing pressure from China may be behind North Korea’s decision to ease tensions and move the launch-ready missiles.
China “made some helpful statements” to help put a lid on North Korea’s bluster against the US, Mr Little said