UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- China's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that multiple North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests, with no end in sight, show the "very strong" need for new talks with Pyongyang to reduce tensions and try to achieve denuclearization.
Liu Jieyi, whose country is closest to North Korea, said all progress with North Korea on eliminating nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula has come through dialogue, "so there's no reason why dialogue is not taking place in the current situation."
Liu spoke to reporters after emergency Security Council consultations behind closed doors on the North's latest missile test.
The United States, Britain and France have been pushing for a new U.N. resolution with tougher sanctions against North Korea.
But Liu said China "first and foremost" wants to see the six sanctions resolutions against North Korea already adopted by the council fully implemented.
"Meanwhile, we should also work to reduce tension, to de-escalate and also to try to achieve denuclearization through dialogue by political and diplomatic means," he said. "Dialogue should take place because we can only resolve the issue through dialogue."
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