South Korean president urges Chinese action over North Korea test
Written by Taiwo Adediran on January 13, 2016
South Korea has called on China to help work out tougher sanctions on North Korea, as the U.S. and its Asian allies stepped up diplomacy aimed at punishing Pyongyang for its nuclear weapons test last week.
Pyongyang last week said it had carried out a successful test of a hydrogen bomb, although the claim has not been confirmed. To this end, President Park Geun-hye, in a televised speech followed by a rare news conference today, said China should prove its resolve not to tolerate nuclear proliferation in the region.
She also said North Korea’s grave threat to peace and stability requires a stronger response from the international community to force Pyongyang to change.
Miss Park said inaction would lead to North Korea’s fifth and sixth nuclear tests, and further threaten peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously late on Tuesday to pass legislation to broaden sanctions on the North Korea’s nuclear program. The UN is already working on new sanctions against the country.