BEIJING: China strongly opposes the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's nuclear development program Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

The DPRK test-fired a submarine launched ballistic missile yesterday morning before the long awaited meeting between Wang, Japan's Fumio Kishida and the ROK's YunByung-se in Tokyo.

Addressing the 8th trilateral foreign ministers' meeting held in Tokyo, Wang said China would continue to strive for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and persist in settling such issues through dialogue and consultation.

Wang said China opposes any words and deeds that cause tensions on the Korean Peninsula and all actions that violate Resolution 2270, which was passed unanimously bythe Security Council on March 2 to expand the scope of sanctions against the DPRK .

Zhang Liangui, an expert on Korean studies at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China , said Wednesday's missile launch provided a new topic for the trilateral meeting.

Wang's message is that although Beijing is angry at Seoul's plan to introduce the powerful Terminal High Altitude Area Defense antimissile system, which may technically put part ofChina under the system's radar, "China has not changed its position on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue", Zhang said.