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China's Xi vows full implementation of U.N. sanctions against N. Korea

2016/04/28 10:37

BEIJING, April 28 (Yonhap) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday that Beijing will fully implement U.N. sanctions against North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, while calling for a resumption of talks with Pyongyang.

"China will fully implement the U.N. Security Council resolutions," Xi said in his keynote speech at a regional security conference, repeating China's stance that the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue should be resolved through dialogue and negotiations.

Tensions have been high on the Korean Peninsula since North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January. Since then, the country has carried out ballistic missile tests and threatened to conduct more nuclear tests despite tightened international sanctions.

Many analysts suggest that North Korea could conduct another nuclear test to bolster domestic solidarity in time for its rare party congress on May 6, which will be the first such convention in 36 years.

Xi made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).