said it was opposed to any deployment of nuclear weapons
and South Korea
in response to North Korea's repeated missile tests and its quest for a military "equilibrium" with the US.
China's ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, said the potential spread of nuclear weapons
would not bring security to the highly-tensed region.
"It could only make things much worse. We are certainly opposed to the existence of nuclear weapons
anywhere on the Korean peninsula or anywhere," the Hong Kong-based South China
Morning Post quoted Cui as having told reporters in Washington
The comments came on a day North Korea
launched its second intermediate-range missile over the Japanese territory in less than a month. The missile test was the first after Pyongyang
tested its sixth and largest nuclear device on September 3.
The North Korean state media said the reclusive nation's aim was to seek an "equilibrium" of military force with the US
after an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council again condemned the Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.
Ambassador Cui said China
understood South Korea's fears.
"We are willing to help them to solve these concerns on the condition of not risking China's security interests," he said, apparently referring to US
deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) weapons in South Korea.
firmly opposes THAAD
deployment because its powerful radars could monitor China's movement of missiles and their deployment.