UPDATE 1-Russia, China oppose military intervention in NKorea

Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:08am EST

* Russia, China criticise Pyongyang over nuclear test

* Both say any action should be taken by United Nations (Adds quotes)

MOSCOW Feb 22 (Reuters) - Russia and China said on Friday they would oppose any foreign military intervention in North Korea over its recent nuclear test.

The two countries' foreign ministers condemned last week's test but said any action against North Korea had to be agreed at the United Nations, where Russia and China have the right of veto as permanent members of the Security Council.

"We are against the carrying out of a nuclear test in North Korea," Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told a joint news conference after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

"The U.N. Security Council should give an adequate response ... but the action should be directed towards peace on the Korean peninsula," he said.

Lavrov said China and Russia had agreed that it was "vitally important not to ... allow the situation to be used as a pretext for military intervention."

North Korea's latest test, its third since 2006, prompted warnings from Washington and others that more sanctions would be imposed on the isolated state.

The U.N. Security Council has only just tightened sanctions on Pyongyang after it launched a long-range rocket in December.

The North is banned under U.N. sanctions from developing missile or nuclear technology after its 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests. (Reporting by Alessandra Prentice, Writing by Thomas Grove, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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Comments (8)
gtr2go wrote:
Russia and China are both scaling up activities against us subversively, and yet ask for no foreign military action to be taken against N. Korea. Well I think they should lead the way with new sanctions against N. Korea in that case. Let’s see if their resolve is as pungent as their rhetoric. They have been the source of N. Korea’s continued defiance of pressure to give up their destructive policies. N. Korea would have collapsed years ago without their lack of support of sanctions.

Feb 22, 2013 5:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
gtr2go wrote:
The pressure for a peaceful resolution should include Russia and China leading the way to stop nuclear armament by N. Korea. As well as a final push for a peace treaty between the North and South. N. Korea could then finally enter into productive trade with the rest of the world and begin on a path that would allow them to be prosperous for all their citizens. Not just the dictatorship.

Feb 22, 2013 6:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
finfollower wrote:
I agree that no military intervention should occur at this time, despite the continued provocations of North Korea. At the same time, Russia and particularly China, need to step up as citizens of the world and send a clear message to NK that this type of activity is not only in violation of existing UN sanctions, but is a distinct and deliberate threat to peace in the Korean Peninsula. China is directly and completely to blame for the existing situation because they refuse (veto) to rein in NK “tests”, implicitly condoning the advancement of technology that continues to add to the destablization. The rhetoric coming out of NK is not fooling anyone and the fact that normal Nkoreans are starving in massive numbers while the leadership grows plump is probably an image too close to Chinese Communist hearts. If China truely wants to avoid violence in and around NK, they need to start living up to their avowed statements of wanting to be a world leader, and lead.

Feb 22, 2013 7:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
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