China to Back North Korea Sanctions
China is believed to be on board with U.S.'s attempt to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear-bomb test and missile launches.
“I believe China is on board, together with the major countries of the Security Council,” Ban, 64, said today during an interview with Bloomberg News. “I am confident that they will come out with unified and strong measures to ensure there are no further such actions by North Korea.”
UN Chief Ban Ki-moon is referred to his efforts in directing world's attention to important issues and states he has no political ambitions in South Korea.
Ban, saying he has no political ambitions in South Korea, suggested he would be a candidate for a second term as UN chief beginning in 2012. He pointed to his efforts to direct world attention to suffering after disasters such as the cyclone that hit Myanmar last year and the war in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Ki-moon is very much concerned about the North Korea's threat to South Korea and the world and hoping unified voice at the UN Security Council against the North Korea's actions.
Ban said he was “very much concerned” about the threat posed to his native country and the world by North Korea. The North set off a nuclear weapon in a test on May 25 and followed it with short-range missile launches.
“This goes beyond the Korean peninsula,” Ban said of North Korea’s nuclear challenge. “This has very serious negative implications to global nuclear non-proliferation issues. Therefore, the Security Council should send a strong, unified and firm message.”
Further he welcomed the committments of China and US in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
China also is making a positive contribution to talks on a climate change treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012, Ban said. The government in Beijing is “quite serious” and there is “not a big gulf” between its commitment to clean energy and U.S. proposals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, he said.
Ban said that while U.S. proposals to cut greenhouse gases fall short of UN targets, he is pleased with President Barack Obama’s commitment to the issue.
“I don’t want to criticize,” Ban said. “Let us be realistic. They joined late. The whole world is looking to the U.S. for leadership and they are clearly taking a leadership role.”
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