U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appealed to China again to use its influence over North Korea to increase pressure on Pyongyang in the wake of its nuclear and missile tests, the State Department said Friday.

Kerry made the appeal when he met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in the Germany city of Munich, the department said in a statement.

"The Secretary reaffirmed U.S. commitments to security and stability on the Korean peninsula and urged China to use their influence in Pyongyang to help the international community increase pressure on the DPRK," it said.

"Both ministers reiterated their support for the six-party process and for achieving the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The secretary noted that the onus remains on the DPRK to return to that process," the department said.

China has condemned the North's provocations, but has been lukewarm about calls for stern responses. Analysts have long said Beijing fears that pushing Pyongyang too hard could lead to its collapse, instability on its border with China and the ultimate emergence of a pro-U.S. nation.

Source: Yonhap news