China has vowed to implement new U.N. sanctions on North Korea. However, Beijing has stressed that the six-way nuclear talks must also be resumed as soon as possible.
Beijing has pledged to faithfully implement the new sanctions, but it also clarified that it wants to avoid impacting the lives of North Korean people and the North's economic activities in a negative way.
[Soundbite] Geng Shuang(Spokesperson, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Dec. 1) : "China believes that it must implement Resolution 2321 in a complete and balanced way."
Beijing's pledge to implement the new sanctions "in a complete way" is believed to imply not just the sanctions, but the resumption of dialogue with Pyongyang as well. Beijing stressed that Resolution 2321 includes not only sanctions against Pyongyang, but also the efforts to resume the nuclear talks. The Chinese government once again demanded that the plan to deploy the U.S Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system THAAD on the Korean Peninsula be withdrawn. Beijing's latest remarks apparently show that it has grown tired of the resolutions against North Korea, even claiming to have suffered the largest economic and diplomatic losses than other nations, compared to the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2270, which was passed back in March.