Chinese foreign minister: No winners if Korea war breaks out
Chinese foreign minister: No winners if Korea war breaks out
China says need to prevent North Korea situation from going down irreversible route
14 April, 2017, 16:19
There can be no winners in an armed conflict between the USA and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday, while pledging China's support for any attempts at dialogue between the sides.
"Lately, tensions have risen. and one has the feeling that a conflict could break out at any moment".
Wang and Ayrault revealed at the press conference held after their meeting that they had discussed bilateral issues and major global crises such as the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the civil war in Syria.
Yi said that if a war occurs, everyone will lose.
Wang was speaking against the backdrop of the USA deploying its naval strike group in the Korean peninsula and Pyongyang's increasing provocative responses.
The U.S. military on April 13 dropped one of the most powerful nonnuclear bombs it possesses on Afghanistan, targeting a complex used by the Islamic State group.
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Adding to Chinese unease, President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that the United States was not afraid of acting alone on North Korea. While the hermit kingdom is thought to be in the final stages of conducting its sixth nuclear test, there is also speculation that Washington would not hesitate to use military force to quell North Korea's ambitious weapons programmes.
Saturday will mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of DPRK founder Kim Il-Sung and experts have speculated that the country might celebrate the occassion by conducting another nuclear test at virtually any time.
But Beijing has long opposed dramatic action against Pyongyang, fearing the regime's collapse would send a flood of refugees across its borders and leave the United States military on its doorstep.
"Therefore, we call upon all the parties, no matter verbally or in action, to stop provoking and threatening each other and not to allow the situation to become irretrievable and out of control", Wang said.
Mr Trump and China's President Xi Jinping have been in contact by phone since their summit last weekend in Florida, and Reuters quotes USA officials as saying tougher economic sanctions against North Korea are also being considered.
Rattled by Trump's behavior, Beijing - Pyongyang's sole major ally and economic lifeline - has adopted a tougher line against its neighbor, including suspending coal imports from the country for the remainder of the year.
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