Beijing ,April 11 (QNA) – South Korea’s top nuclear envoy warned
Friday of a “grave” situation on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea
has threatened to conduct a fresh nuclear test, saying “closer and
strategic cooperation” with China is essential in preventing further
North Korean provocations.

Hwang Joon-kook made the remarks upon his arrival at Beijing Capital
International Airport ahead of talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wu
Dawei, later in the day.

“At present, the situation is grave as North Korea threatens to carry
out a nuclear test, and there could be an additional provocation by
the North,” Yonhap quoted Hwang as telling reporters.

“So, it’s time for South Korea and China to forge closer and
strategic cooperation,” Hwang said.

After showing signs of engaging in diplomacy for a while, North Korea
has again turned hostile in recent weeks, conducting live-fire drills
near the tense Yellow Sea border with South Korea and warning of a
“new form” of nuclear test.

North Korea has urged South Korea and the U.S. to resume the
six-nation talks that also involve China, Russia and Japan, but the
North has not shown any commitments to give up its nuclear weapons
program.

Hwang’s visit to China came shortly after he held three-way talks
with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts in Washington this week.

After the Washington meeting, the three nations “urged the DPRK to
refrain from further threatening actions,” according to a U.S.
statement, referring to North Korea by its official name of the
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).(QNA)

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