Russia, China oppose military intervention in NKorea

MOSCOW Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:42pm IST

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi walk into a hall as they meet in Moscow February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi walk into a hall as they meet in Moscow February 22, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Related Topics

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and China said on Friday they would oppose any foreign military intervention in North Korea over its recent nuclear test.

The two countries' foreign ministers condemned last week's test but said any action against North Korea had to be agreed at the United Nations, where Russia and China have the right of veto as permanent members of the Security Council.

"We are against the carrying out of a nuclear test in North Korea," Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told a joint news conference after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

"The U.N. Security Council should give an adequate response ... but the action should be directed towards peace on the Korean peninsula," he said.

Lavrov said China and Russia had agreed that it was "vitally important not to ... allow the situation to be used as a pretext for military intervention."

North Korea's latest test, its third since 2006, prompted warnings from Washington and others that more sanctions would be imposed on the isolated state.

The U.N. Security Council has only just tightened sanctions on Pyongyang after it launched a long-range rocket in December.

The North is banned under U.N. sanctions from developing missile or nuclear technology after its 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests. (Reporting by Alessandra Prentice, Writing by Thomas Grove, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Downing Of Flight MH17

REUTERS SHOWCASE

New President

New President

Indonesian president-elect Jokowi calls for unity after bitter election.  Full Article 

Mideast Conflict

Mideast Conflict

Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts.  Full Article 

Ukraine Crash

Ukraine Crash

Putin says will use influence on Ukraine rebels, denounces West.  Full Article 

Thai Coup

Thai Coup

Thai junta leader could be PM under interim charter - adviser.  Full Article 

Food Safety Scandal

Food Safety Scandal

Safety violations at McDonald's, Yum China supplier company-led - regulator  Full Article 

Death of a Spy

Death of a Spy

Britain does U-turn on ex-KGB agent Litvinenko murder inquiry.  Full Article 

Flights Affected

Flights Affected

U.S., European airlines halt flights to Israel due to instability.  Full Article 

Truce Plan

Truce Plan

Abbas-led Palestinian body backs Hamas truce demands in Gaza.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage