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China calls for talks with North Korea and reduced tensions

  • China's Ambassador Liu Jieyi arrives for consultations of the United Nations Security Council, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    China's Ambassador Liu Jieyi arrives for consultations of the United Nations Security Council, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses a news conference after consultations of the United Nations Security Council, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses a news conference after consultations of the United Nations Security Council, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Korea's Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, left, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, center, and Japan's Ambassador Koro Bessho hold a joint news conference after consultations of the United Nations Security Council, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    South Korea's Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, left, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, center, and Japan's Ambassador Koro Bessho hold a joint news conference after consultations of the United Nations Security Council, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

China's U.N. ambassador is calling for a reduction in tensions and a return to talks aimed at denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula following North Korea's latest ballistic missile tests.

Liu Jieyi told reporters as he headed into Wednesday's closed Security Council consultations on the launches that all countries need to fully implement U.N. sanctions resolutions and "not do anything to exacerbate tensions."

His comments follow China's calls earlier Wednesday for North Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt in joint military exercises conducted by the U.S. and North Korea.

The Security Council late Tuesday strongly condemned the North's missile tests and "increasingly destabilizing behavior" and defiance of its resolutions. It said the missile activity increases tensions in the region and beyond.