China urges calm after North Korea leaves nuclear talks
BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Tuesday appealed for "calm and restraint" from all sides after North Korea said it was pulling out of six-party talks on its nuclear weapons programme.
"We hope all sides will pay attention to the broader picture, exercise calm and restraint and protect progress in the six-party talks," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.
The U.N. Security Council, of which China is a permanent member, on Monday unanimously condemned North Korea's long-range rocket launch nearly two weeks ago as contravening a U.N. ban, and demanded enforcement of existing sanctions against Pyongyang.
But China has always urged all sides to the six-party talks to cooperate in removing obstacles to an agreement.
Jiang said the six-party talks, joining the two Koreas, China, the United States, Japan and Russia, had "played a positive role and achieved striking accomplishments" over the years.
(Reporting by Chris Buckley; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Ken Wills)
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