Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on August 6, 2017, urged North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho to abide by U.N. resolutions and stop provoking “the international community’s goodwill” with missile launches and nuclear tests. Wang Yo told reporters in Manila after meeting North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the sidelines of a regional meeting, hours after the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its escalating nuclear and missile programs, that he had an intensive conversation with Ri Yong Ho during which he told his North Korean counterpart “do not violate the U.N. decision or provoke the international community’s goodwill by conducting missile launches or nuclear tests.” Wang Yi also urged the United States and South Korea “to stop increasing tensions” and said that all sides should return to negotiations. In an earlier statement the same day, Wang Yi appealed to other governments to resume the six-nation talks that involve North Korea, the United States, Russia, Japan and South Korea, as well as Beijing. He said “The aim is to bring the peninsula nuclear issue back to the negotiating table and seek a solution through negotiations until the denuclearization of the peninsula and the stability of the peninsula are achieved.”

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