NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) — China supports the UN Security Council to make further reaction to the latest nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here on Monday.

At the same time, China expects all relevant parties to refrain from any action that may lead to escalation of tensions, and opposes the United States' deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, Li said as he met with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Li reiterated China's position on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula. "China is committed to denuclearization of the peninsula, to maintaining peace and stability there and to settling the issue through dialogue," he said.

Both Li and Obama are in New York for high-level meetings of the UN General Assembly.