China hits back at US over N.Korea

China hits back at US over N.Korea

China has hit back after the United States criticized Beijing for not doing enough to rein in North Korea's continued missile programs.

The US criticism came after the North announced its 2nd successful test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile last week. Washington has been urging China to put more pressure on Pyongyang.

At a news conference on Monday, China's Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi expressed Beijing's opposition to more missile launches by the North.

But he also suggested that growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula can be attributed not only to the North, but also to the US.

Liu said another country uses phrases such as "all options are on the table," and tries to deploy a strategic system.

He added that no matter how capable China is, Beijing's efforts will not yield any practical results, because the US and North Korea hold the primary responsibility for moving the situation in the right direction.

Russia's foreign ministry also criticized the US in a statement. It said Moscow views as groundless the attempts undertaken by the US and a number of other countries to shift responsibility to Russia and China, almost blaming Moscow and Beijing for indulging the missile and nuclear ambitions of North Korea.

The ministry also urged the US to recall Russia's and China's stance not to threaten or resort to use of force, but to resolve the issue through dialogue.