* Russia, China criticise Pyongyang over nuclear test
* Both say any action should be taken by United Nations
MOSCOW Feb 22 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
(Reporting by Alessandra Prentice, Writing by Thomas Grove,
Editing by Timothy Heritage)