[국제]North Korea’s first strategic provocation in five years … How has China’s attitude changed?

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In response to North Korea’s resumption of strategic provocations for the first time in five years, China is only taking a principled stance that it should be resolved through dialogue.

Previously, for the launch of short-range ballistic missiles, the North Koreans were quite focused and blamed the United States.

What was it like five years ago?

I am Beijing correspondent Kang Jeong-gyu.

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North Korea has launched missiles into the skies of Japan seven times.

Three of them were very similar strategic provocations.

First, two live-fire shots of the Hwasong-12 in August and September 2017.

At the time, China harshly criticized North Korea for undermining the international community’s nuclear non-proliferation (NPT) system.

He then made it clear that he would fully implement the UN Security Council resolutions.

[왕이 / 중국 외교부장 (2017년 8월 30일) : (북한의 행위는) 유엔 안보리 결의 위반입니다. 중국은 NPT 체계와 지역의 평화·안정 수호를 위해 명확한 반대를 표명합니다.]

However, with regard to the missile launch, which was repeated for the first time in five years, only the principled position was presented which should be resolved through dialogue.

This is why it has been said that China will oppose sanctions against North Korea even if the UN Security Council is convened.

Previously, North Korea’s five short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) launches had been attributed to multiple joint U.S. exercises, and North Koreans were skeptical.

[마오닝 / 중국 외교부 대변인 (지난달 30일) : 한반도 문제가 지금에 이른 건 북한의 합리적인 안보 우려에 적절한 응답을 듣지 못했기 때문입니다.]

This shift in China’s attitude can be interpreted as being aware of the increasingly fierce competition for hegemony with the United States and at the same time strengthening North Korea ahead of President Xi Jinping’s coronation.

Most notably, in August, during a large-scale containment exercise called the Armed Unification Test, China also launched a ballistic missile through Taiwan’s airspace.

My name is Jeonggyu Kang from YTN in Beijing.

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