China Calls in N.Korean Ambassador

The Chinese Foreign Ministry called in North Korean ambassador Ji Jae-ryong several times to dissuade Pyongyang from conducting a third nuclear test, a diplomat in Beijing said Sunday.

"After the North expressed the intention to conduct a fresh nuclear test, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called in Ambassador Ji Jae-ryong several times to deliver a warning message," the diplomat said.

Beijing did not officially confirm this.

Meanwhile, South Korea's chief nuclear envoy Lim Sung-nam is to visit China on Monday to meet Wu Dawei, the special representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs and discuss a response.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 04, 2013 09:35 KST