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President of South Korea calls on Chinese leader to dissuade North Korea from nuclear tests
South Korean President Park Geun-hye called on Chinese leader Xi Jinping to "make efforts" to dissuade North Korea from conducting another nuclear test, which could pose a serious threat to regional stability, AFP reported.
Ms. Pak's statement followed a day after South Korea recorded an increased North activity on the main test site, which indicates a hasty preparation. The President expressed appreciation for China’s attempts to persuade North Korea to postpone its nuclear program. “She asked for further measures of influence on North Korea, saying that the new nuclear tests completely redraw the security map of the region, causing a domino effect in the arms race,” the presidential administration said.
Professor Yang Moo-jin of the University of North Korea's problems in Seoul said that the tests put China at risk, the only major ally of the North and his economic benefactor. President Xi said that it is in everyone's interest to avoid the escalation of military tension on the Korean peninsula. The new nuclear tests will negate the possibility of resuming the six-party talks on the nuclear program of North Korea, which China is trying to achieve.
North Korea conducted three nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, all at the Punggye-ri test site in the north-east of the country. The South Korean Ministry of Defense said that being active at the Punggye-ri site means preparing for the fourth test. In the US-Korean Institute of Johns Hopkins (Jonn Hopkins), meanwhile, reported that the latest satellite photography does not really indicate the "new operations" in Punggye-ri. The institute said that tests coinciding with Obama's visit are unlikely, since the intensity of the training did not reach a peak, as was noted in previous tests.