China’s United Nations representative took a stern stance against North Korea’s most recent missile test at an emergency UN meeting Wednesday, and the nation’s foreign ministry is calling for an end to North Korean aggression after repeated barbs from President Donald Trump that Beijing is not doing enough to maintain peace in the region.
“China finds this launching unacceptable,” UN representative Liu Jieyi said Wednesday, according to the Chinese state news outlet Xinhua. “We strongly urge the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] to strictly abide by the resolutions of the Security Council and put a stop to any rhetoric and action that might further exacerbate the tension on the Peninsula.”
“China has always insisted on realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maintaining peace and stability on the Peninsula and seeking a solution through dialogue and consultation,” he added.
Liu maintained the official position of the Chinese government, which is that “all parties concerned,” including the United States, must “exercise restraint, avoid provocative actions and flagrant rhetoric, demonstrate the will for unconditional dialogue, and work actively together to defuse the tension.”
China usually means this as a demand that the United States cease to support allies like Japan and South Korea with joint military exercises. Liu also reiterated Chinese opposition to the installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea, designed to destroy any incoming North Korean missiles but capable of reaching deep into China and Russia.
Liu was responding to a missile test conducted on Tuesday, timed to coincide with America’s Independence Day. The North Korean government issued a statement claiming that the test was a successful attempt at launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the mainland United States. American officials stated that the missile appeared to be the most successful of its kind launched yet, though it may not reach as far as Pyongyang claimed.