In a statement posted at the official website of China’s Foreign Ministry, it seems like North Korean ambassador Ji Jae Ryong was rebuked by Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi yesterday, February 12, because of the nuclear test performed by Pyongyang at about noon on the same day. It was said that Yang expressed China’s “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to the test. It also said that Yang “demanded that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea side cease talk that further escalates the situation and swiftly return to the correct channel of dialogue and negotiation.”
The meeting was significant because the ministry would only call upon diplomats when it is extremely irritated—recall issues on United States arms sales to Taiwan and Japan’s purchase of disputed islands. Indeed, it showed China’s anger and frustration at North Korea’s actions. And yet, the statement gave no view as to concrete actions the government plans to take in relation to the nuclear test. Incredulously, after said meeting, North Korea came out with a warning that the test is just the beginning. It said that it will proceed with “second and third measures of greater intensity” should the United States maintain its hostility. Of course, Pyongyang remained enigmatic in its threats, as it usually does.
While China gave no proposals on how to go about dealing with North Korea, it is not difficult to decipher that the Asian super power is growing weary, annoyed, and frustrated with its ally. Yesterday was a public holiday in the country, and it is not surprising that many citizens found it disrespectful that Pyongyang would conduct a nuclear test at a place less than 100 kilometers from the border, on the same day when everyone was celebrating with their families.[via Fox News]