China’s Efforts to Dissuade North Korean Launch, Part of International Outcry

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Chinese state media reported on Tuesday, that Chinese officials held their second meeting with North Korean authorities as they continued talks on North Korea’s planned rocket launch./nNorth Korea’s intention to launch has sparked concern from the international community. /nPlanned for April, North Korean authorities say the project is intended to deploy a satellite into space. /nTensions are high in the region as international powers view the launch as a ballistic missiles test—forbidden under UN resolutions./nState-run CCTV reported the Chinese regime’s envoy, Wu Dawei met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho in Beijing on Monday./n[Wu Dawei, Chinese Envoy, N. Korean Nuclear Issue]: (Male, Chinese) "Just now I a had frank and sincere exchange of opinions with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on protecting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and on promoting the process to return to six-party talks."/nThe six-party talks refer to the meetings of six states aiming to find a peaceful resolution to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Besides China and Korea, the line-up includes South Korea, Russia, the United States and Japan./nLast month, North Korean officials agreed to suspend long-range missile tests as part of an aid agreement with the United States, wherein North Korea would receive 240,000 tons of food aid. /nThe U.S. State Department said last week that, if the launch were to proceed, it would be “hard to imagine” giving North Korea the aid.


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