China seriously concerned by N. Korean warnings on missile tests, nuclear war
China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that it was seriously concerned by recent comments made by North Korean officials warning of further missile tests and the possibility of nuclear war.
Addressing a regular press briefing, ministry spokesman Lu Kang added that China was resolutely opposed to any words or actions that could further raise tensions.
China on Tuesday called on the U.S. and North Korea to find a peaceful solution to rising tensions after a war of words erupted after the North conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in defiance of UN sanctions.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing that the standoff between the two nations could only be resolved by diplomacy.
Also on Tuesday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, following meetings in South Korea with Hwang Kyo-ahn, the acting president.
Pence has repeatedly warned that “all options are on the table” when dealing with Pyongyang.
In Tokyo, Pence reassured Japan of the US’ commitment to reining in North Korea’s nuclear and missile ambitions after warning that its own strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the strength of its resolve.
North Korea regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the U.S. and it showed no let-up in its defiance after conducting a reportedly failed missile test on Sunday.
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