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China 'Absolutely against' N. Korean Nuke Test
North Korean missile launching

China is "'absolutely against' North Korea conducting a nuclear test and will try to convince Pyongyang not to go ahead with any such plan, a Japanese lawmaker said on Sept. 2 after meeting with the head of the Chinese military's think tank.

Taku Yamasaki, senior lawmaker of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, quoted Xiong Guangkai, president of the China Institute for International Strategic Studies, as saying that a test would destroy the six-party process for solving the standoff over North Korea's nuclear programs.

'"China will call on North Korea not to go ahead with any such test,"Yamasaki quoted Xiong as saying.

A U.S. news report said last month that North Korea may be preparing for an underground nuclear test. Since facing international condemnation for test-firing missiles in July, Pyongyang has threatened to take further action if further pressure is applied to the country.

Xiong, former deputy chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, said that the outlook about whether Pyongyang will conduct the test remained unclear, according to Yamasaki.

The reported preparations for the nuclear test come at a time when the six-party talks involving the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia remain stalled since last November.

North Korea has said it will not return to the negotiating table unless the United States lifts sanctions it imposed on a Macao-based bank suspected of laundering money or counterfeiting for North Korea.

The United States says the sanctions are a law enforcement issue that should not be linked to the nuclear talks.






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