China regrets North Korea`s threat to reopen nuke plant

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 16:33

Beijing: China on Tuesday said it regretted North Korea`s decision to reopen its nuclear facilities.
"We have noticed the statement made by the DPRK and feel regretful about it," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing here.

North Korea, officially known as Democratic People`s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has said it will reopen its nuclear facilities amid war rhetoric against South Korea and United States.
The DPRK said that it will restart operations at the Nyongbyon nuclear facility which was shut down under an agreement made at the six-party talks in October 2007.

Hong said China has constantly advocated denuclearising the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability there as well as in northeast Asia.

"We are calling for all parties concerned to remain calm and restrained, return to dialogue and consultation as soon as possible and jointly seek ways to appropriately resolve the issue," Hong said, repeating China`s standard line on North Korea`s belligerent actions.

While chiding Pyongyang for violating its advice of not pressing ahead with its space and nuclear programmes, China remained a passive spectator during the current round of tensions calling for restraint and to return to six-party talks on denuclearising Korean Peninsula.

First Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 15:44

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