China should use its influence for North Korea: White House

The White House has appealed China to use its influence over Pyongyang for the stability in the region.

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010, 09:54 AM IST

Washington: With North Korea continuing
with its provocative behavior, the White House has appealed
China to use its influence over Pyongyang for the stability in
the region.

"China is in a position to have a strong influence
over the actions and the behavior of the North Koreans. It is
our belief that they should use their influence in that
country to stabilise the region," White House Press Secretary
Robert Gibbs told reporters.

Meanwhile, Congresswoman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking
Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, after
meeting with Walter Paik, Director-General of the South Korean
Ruling Party`s International Affairs Bureau, said that North
Korea`s unacceptable aggression and outright belligerence in
recent weeks and months has made the situation on the Korean
peninsula extremely tense.

"The deeply disturbing revelation last month that
North Korea has built a secret uranium enrichment plant
further shows the need to strengthen sanctions and fully
enforce those on the books targeting North Korea`s nuclear
program and proliferation activities," she said.

The threat posed by North Korea`s nuclear capabilities
is only going to get worse if pressure is not increased, she
argued.

"The trilateral meeting earlier this week between the
US, South Korea, and Japan illustrated our strong, united
front against the regime in Pyongyang.

"It is now incumbent upon Pyongyang`s enabler-state,
China, to join responsible nations in unequivocally condemning
North Korea`s recent acts of aggression," the Congresswoman
said.

PTI