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LinkAsia | Mar 8
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It's no surprise that many countries were alarmed by North Korea's attempt to launch a rocket last month, but even China seems to have been irritated by its unpredictable neighbor. Now, it's urging North Korea to avoid doing anything provocative. And according to MBC, it's working.
Xinhua reports that North Korea has no intention of conducting a nuclear test, quoting North Korea's Foreign Ministry.
North Korean KCNA TV:
We had no intention of conducting a nuclear test for military measures. We had been planning to launch a scientific and technical satellite.
This is the first time that there's been any news that North Korea won't conduct a nuclear test. A third nuclear test has been predicted since the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite failed to launch in April.
This news is getting attention, because Xinhua is reporting it. It represents the Chinese government, and so it's very credible.
Based on this, it can be seen that the Chinese diplomatic effort to discourage further provocation by North Korea has been somewhat successful.
At a meeting between US and Chinese diplomats, China may urge for a resumption of the six-party talks with North Korea as soon as possible.
However, China, the US and Japan have been saying that North and South Korea should talk first.
The news that North Korea would halt its third nuclear test was first reported by Japanese media, but they wouldn't exclude the possibility of another North Korean attempt.
Some Chinese media are cautiously starting to report the North Korean news and including expert opinions that North Korea will not conduct a nuclear test, which would lead to sanctions against the North.
Approving sanctions is one thing, but actually enforcing them against North Korea is a bigger challenge. The UN is investigating reports that luxury goods of all kinds are flowing into the country.