US Special Representative for North Korea Urges China to 'Influence' Pyongyang
05:50 GMT 04.06.2023 (Updated: 13:37 GMT 18.09.2023)
© Sputnik / Ilya PitalevView of Kim Il-sung Square and the Grand People's Study House from the observation deck of the Juche Tower in Pyongyang.
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States is calling on Beijing to use its influence on North Korea to encourage Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table, US Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim said on Sunday, adding that North Korea’s actions in the region would have "consequences."
"It is unfortunate that in recent years the international community has not been able to speak with one voice in condemning the DPRK's reckless and destabilizing activity … We urge Beijing to use its influence to encourage the DPRK to refrain from further destabilizing behavior and return to the negotiating table," Sung Kim told a South Korean news agency.
Washington also urges China to fulfill its obligations "under the resolutions that UN Security Council members unanimously adopted," the ambassador added.
"It's important to make clear to the DPRK that its escalatory behavior has consequences. The DPRK must also understand that the only viable path forward is through diplomacy," Sung Kim said, adding that any nuclear attack against South Korea would be met with a "swift, overwhelming and decisive" response.
The United States is open to dialogue with Pyongyang and "remains committed to diplomacy," Sung Kim noted.