SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China has condemned North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, a key denunciation for Pyongyang by its economic lifeline and only major ally.
The Foreign Ministry issued a statement Friday criticizing North Korea for carrying out a test with “disregard” for international objections. The statement said China “resolutely opposes” the test and called on North Korea to stop any behavior that “worsens the situation.”
North Korea said Friday that it had detonated a warhead, hours after South Korean officials said they had detected seismic activity near a known nuclear test site.
China has provided cover to North Korea from worldwide denunciations of its nuclear program. But it toughened its line after Pyongyang carried out long-range missile tests earlier this year, restricting exports of jet fuel into the country and banning some mineral imports.
The statement did not indicate whether China would take any immediate action or support new sanctions.