June 2, 2009 / 11:56 AM / 10 years ago

Russia, China back "convincing response" to N.Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and China want a “convincing response” to North Korea’s nuclear test from the United Nations Security Council, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

“Sergei Lavrov and Yang Jiechi expressed their common opinion on the necessity of a convincing response from the Security Council on the inadmissibility of ignoring the U.N. Security Council’s resolution and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” the ministry said in a statement.

A phone conversation took place between the two ministers on Monday at the request of the Chinese foreign minister, it said.

“At the same time, it was stressed that the solution of the problem is possible only via political and diplomatic means, including by resuming six-party talks as the most important tool to solve the Korean peninsula’s nuclear problem and assuage North Korea’s justified security concerns,” the ministry said.

Last week, North Korea conducted a nuclear test that put it closer to producing a working atomic bomb, test-fired a barrage of short-range missiles and threatened to attack the South, raising tension close to its highest since the 1950-53 Korean war.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; editing by Andrew Roche

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