China, Japan not pleased by North Korean nuclear tests, concerned for peace and stability

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told senior military officials on Monday that he absolutely cannot tolerate North Korea having conducted two nuclear tests since the start of the year, reports Reuters.

North Korea on Friday conducted its fifth and biggest nuclear test and said it had mastered the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile, ratcheting up a threat that rivals and the United Nations have been powerless to contain.

"North Korea went ahead with two nuclear tests in just nine months. This is absolutely unacceptable," Abe said.

In the same day, China's Foreign Ministry said that sanctions alone cannot solve the North Korean nuclear issue and that unilateral action can only lead to a dead end.

The crux of the issue lies with United States not China, and China has made many efforts to uphold peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

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