China concerned over situation on Korean peninsula
Published: 17/03/2009 at 03:56 PM
China voiced concern on Tuesday over growing uncertainties on the Korean peninsula, where North Korea is pushing ahead with preparations for what the United States says will be a missile test.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il watches a firing exercise of the Unit 1811 under the North Korean Artillery Command on March 15. China has voiced concern over growing uncertainties on the Korean peninsula, where North Korea is pushing ahead with preparations for what the United States says will be a missile test.
"At present, the situation on the Korean peninsula is rather complicated with an increasing number of uncertain factors," foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters.
"We express concern over this."
Qin was responding to a question on China's position on the potential missile test, as well as stalled six-nation talks that are aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear programmes.
His comments came as North Korean Premier Kim Yong-Il arrived in Beijing for a five-day official visit that both sides have promoted as part of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of relations between the neighbours.
But the visit also coincides with rising concerns over what North Korea has said will be the launch of a communications satellite in April.
The United States and its allies believe it will actually be a test for a ballistic missile with the capability to strike Alaska.
"We hope relevant parties can work to settle relevant issues through dialogue, maintain common restraint, maintain peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the region," Qin said.
"We believe this is in the fundamental interest of all parties."