China to lodge diplomatic protest with North Korea over nuclear test

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Beijing | Published: September 9, 2016 3:19:25 PM

"Firm opposing" North Korea's nuclear test, China today said it will lodge diplomatic protest with the country and asked it to honour its commitment to denuclearisation.

“Firm opposing” North Korea’s nuclear test, China today said it will lodge diplomatic protest with the country and asked it to honour its commitment to denuclearisation.

A senior official of the ministry will lodge representation with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here, using the country’s official name.

She was replying to questions on the nuclear test, regarded as the most powerful atomic explosion ever carried out by North Korea.
Earlier, a statement from the Ministry said: “Today, the DPRK regardless of universal opposition from the international community, conducted another nuclear test, to which the Chinese government is firmly opposed.

“We strongly urge the DPRK side to honour the commitment to denuclearisation, abide by the relevant UN security council resolutions and halt any moves that could aggravate the situation.”

North Korea’s state-run television reported earlier today that the country has “successfully” conducted a nuclear warhead explosion test.
Monitors detected a 5.3-magnitude “artificial earthquake” near its main nuclear site this morning.

Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test, that comes eight months after the last one, was expected to further tighten UN sanctions.

Answering questions whether China would back further sanctions against North Korea, Hua said China has implemented UN sanctions imposed in the past and as a permanent member of the Security Council would take part in the deliberations for the response by the world body.

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