FM Yun calls on China to prove opposition to N. Korea
SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) -- Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Sunday called on China to prove its "firm" opposition to the North's claimed hydrogen bomb test after the North's largest ally denied responsibility in curbing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.
"The Chinese government must clearly follow through with its promise made to the international community when it votes for the United Nations Security Council resolution," Yun said on "Sunday Diagnosis," a KBS current affairs program, on Sunday morning.
"That's important to stabilizing the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and the international community. It would prove that China hasn't made empty promises."
On Friday, China denied holding the "key" to containing North Korea's nuclear program, two days after the North tested what it said was its first hydrogen bomb.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, "I want to emphasize that the origin and frictions of the North Korean nuclear issue do not lie in China. The key of resolving the issue does not lie in China."
But Hua repeated that "China urges the North Korean side to stick to reaffirming its commitment of denuclearization and stop taking actions that make the situation worse."
North Korea's claimed H-bomb test has been brought to the U.N. Security Council, of which China is a permanent member. As the council has begun work to impose additional sanctions on Pyongyang for its fourth nuclear test, Beijing's cooperation is seen as crucial.
China is North Korea's key ally and benefactor. But while the North's growing nuclear arsenal poses a security threat, punishing Pyongyang, which shares a border with China, could destabilize the regime and cause a headache for Beijing.