China warns against chaos in Korean region

"We don't see why dialogue can not take place in the current situation now", Liu insisted.

Ambassador Liu Jieyi told reporters after a closed-door emergency session on the DPRK following Sunday's missile launch, that China and the United States are discussing possible new sanctions.

China's United Nations ambassador said Tuesday that multiple North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests, with no end in sight, show the "very strong" need for new talks with Pyongyang to reduce tensions and try to achieve denuclearization.

Traditionally, the United States and China have negotiated new sanctions before involving the other 13 U.N. Security Council members.

"By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of nuclear war", North Korean officials said in a statement in April. Its deployment in a rural region some 180 miles southeast of Seoul raised concerns not only for North Korea but also China.

North Korea tested another intermediate-range ballistic missile on Sunday, May 21.

The Security Council first imposed sanctions on Pyongyang in 2006 and ratcheted up the measures in response to five nuclear tests and two long-range missile launches.

South Korea's new president Moon Jae-in said last week that there was a "high possibility" of conflict breaking out at the border.

Relations between the Koreas are at one of the lowest ebbs mainly due to the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

There is "no need to fear China's sanctions against North Korea", the lecturer had said, according to RFA's source.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the missile was launched in Pukchang, but the test venue was actually 19 kilometers away. On Friday, North Korea condemned Moon's policy, saying dialogue can never be compatible with confrontation.

Bessho said Japan hopes the council will "strengthen the measures and strengthen the sanctions mechanism".

The Security Council adopted two sanctions resolutions previous year to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang and deny leader Kim Jong-Un the hard currency needed to fund his military programmes.

  • Leroy Wright