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China premier calls for return to talks on Korean nukes

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a press conference after the closing session of the National People's Congress held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a press conference after the closing session of the National People's Congress held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks during a press conference after the closing session of the National People's Congress held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks during a press conference after the closing session of the National People's Congress held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his Premier Li Keqiang arrive for the closing session of the National People's Congress held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his Premier Li Keqiang arrive for the closing session of the National People's Congress held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for all parties to return to talks amid rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Li on Wednesday reiterated Chinese support for U.N. Nations resolutions aimed at nudging the North toward ending its programs and returning to negotiations.

He acknowledged the rising tensions and said the nations concerned need to return to talks to "find proper solutions."

China is Pyongyang's most important ally and economic partner, and has been under pressure from the U.S. to use its influence to rein in actions by the North seen as provocative.

China followed the latest round of missile launches by the North last month by suspending imports of North Korean coal, depriving Kim Jong Un's regime of a crucial source of foreign currency.