China urges North Korea to halt missile tests

China has urged the North Korean leadership to halt the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and nuclear tests.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, after meeting with North Korea’s top diplomat during an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathering in the Philippine capital, Manila, said the situation on the Korean Peninsula is critical.

He also said, however, that it could be a turning point for negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear proliferation, which led the U.N. Security Council to impose more sanctions on North Korea and its exports on Saturday.

“Do not violate the U.N.’s decision or provoke international society’s goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests,” Wang said after talks with Ri Yong Ho, North Korea’s foreign minister. Wang, however, quickly added, “Of course, we would like to urge other parties like the U.S. and South Korea to stop increasing tensions.”

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Manila on Saturday night in what State Department officials have said will be a concerted effort to enlist other countries in the campaign to get North Korea to abandon its missile and nuclear tests.

Concern has mounted that North Korea is developing its missile technology quicker than expected, after tests last month of missiles that experts said are capable of striking the U.S. mainland, perhaps as far inland as Chicago.

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