November 23, 2010 / 1:35 PM / 9 years ago

U.S. says China sees North Korean shelling as "undesirable"

Smoke rises from South Korean Yeonpyeong Island after being hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Yonhap

(Reuters) - BEIJING, Nov 23 (Reuters) - China agrees with the United States that North Korea’s shelling of a South Korean island was “very undesirable” and restraint was needed, the senior U.S. envoy on North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, said Tuesday.

“We both share a view that such conflict is very undesirable, and I expressed to them the desire that restraint be exercised on all sides and I think we agree on that,” Bosworth told reporters in Beijing after talks with Chinese Foreign Ministry officials about neighboring North Korea.

North Korea fired a barrage of artillery shells at a South Korean island Tuesday, killing two soldiers and drawing condemnation from Seoul, Washington and other capitals.

Over the weekend, a U.S. nuclear scientist said he was shown a uranium enrichment facility during a recent visit to the North. Uranium enrichment can be a way to make material for nuclear weapons.

“We agreed on the essential need for us to continue coordination and consultation on this issue, the uranium enrichment program,” Bosworth said of his talks with Chinese officials. “We agree that a multilateral approach to the problems of North Korea remains essential.”

Reporting by Chris Buckley, editing by Jonathan Thatcher

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