Seoul, South Korea:
Chinese language President Xi Jinping will push for a “greater stage” of relations with Pyongyang, North Korean state media mentioned Tuesday, as G7 international ministers condemned the North’s unprecedented string of weapons exams.
China is North Korea’s longtime treaty ally and primary financial benefactor, their relationship solid within the bloodshed of the Korean Struggle when Mao Zedong despatched in hundreds of thousands of “volunteers” to combat US-led United Nations forces to a standstill.
Mao as soon as described the 2 nations as being shut as “lips and tooth”, and whereas relations have fluctuated through the years, a breakdown in negotiations between North Korea and america has spurred each side to strengthen their alliance.
“The normal China-DPRK friendship has weathered the trials of the modified worldwide state of affairs for a very long time,” Xi mentioned in a message to North Korean chief Kim Jong Un, utilizing the initials for the North’s official identify.
Within the message carried by the Korean Central Information Company, Xi famous the present worldwide and regional conditions are “altering critically and in an advanced approach”, including: “I’ll repeatedly push the friendship and cooperation between the 2 sides to the next stage.”
The message got here simply hours earlier than G7 international ministers demanded North Korea “chorus” from additional nuclear exams and ballistic missile launches, warning of a “strong” response.
“Such actions have to be met with a swift, united, and strong worldwide response, together with additional vital measures to be taken by the UN Safety Council (UNSC),” the diplomats mentioned in an announcement after talks in Japan.
Pyongyang has carried out a blitz of banned weapons exams this 12 months, together with firing a number of of its strongest intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
Final week, the North hailed its first profitable take a look at of a brand new solid-fuel ICBM, saying it should “radically promote” the nation’s nuclear counter assault capabilities.
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