South Korean President Yoon Sok Yul asked China This Tuesday, the 29th, to help bend North Korea To develop nuclear weapons and missiles. In an interview with Reuters, he also warned of an “unprecedented” joint response with allies if the country conducted a nuclear test.
Yun urged Beijing, Pyongyang’s closest ally, to fulfill its responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. United nationsNoting that failure to do so will lead to an influx of military assets into the region.
“China has the ability to influence North Korea, and China has a responsibility to participate in the process,” he said.
He added that North Korea’s actions lead to an increase in defense spending in countries in the region, including Japan, and a greater deployment of US aircraft and warships. United StateTherefore, it would be in China’s interest to make “best efforts” to move the North Koreans toward denuclearization.
However, if Pyongyang conducts a new nuclear test, Yun said the response “will be something never seen before”, involving the United States, Japan and other allies. However, the South Korean president declined to give details of what that might mean.
“It would be very reckless for North Korea to conduct a seventh nuclear test,” he told Reuters.
This year, the North Korean regime held a Record number of missile tests And this week, leader Kim Jong Un said that recently Your country aims to have the most powerful nuclear power in the world🇧🇷 US intelligence officials say Pyongyang may be preparing to resume nuclear weapons testing for the first time since 2017.
US President Joe Biden also told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, that Beijing is obligated to try to dissuade North Korea from a nuclear test. And Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said North Korea’s continued weapons development would lead to a greater US military presence in the region – something Beijing does not want to see.
South Korea and the US have reached an agreement to send more US “strategic assets” to the region, such as aircraft carriers and long-range bombers, to the region, but Yoon said he does not expect changes to the 28,500 US troops stationed in Korea. the South.
“We must respond consistently and in harmony with each other,” Yoon said, blaming the inconsistency in the international response for North Korea’s policy failures over three decades.
China fought on North Korea’s side in the 1950-1953 Korean War and has supported the country economically and diplomatically since then, but analysts say Beijing may not want to contain Pyongyang.
China claims it will implement the UN Security Council sanctions it voted in favor of, but has called for their easing and, along with Russia, has blocked US-led attempts to impose new sanctions.
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