China Warns US, North Korea to Maintain Peace in Korean Peninsula

China

By Dayafter Bureau, Agencies

Beijing has cautioned United States and Noth Korean administration not to escalate tension in the Korean peninsula.

In comments carried by China’s official Xinhua news agency, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday that “storm clouds” were gathering, an apparent reference to North Korean preparations to conduct a new nuclear test and the United States’ deployment of a naval strike force to the waters off the peninsula. In addition, the U.S. military has been conducting large-scale exercises with South Korean forces, drills that the North considers provocative.

“The United States and South Korea and North Korea are engaging in tit for tat, with swords drawn and bows bent,” Wang said at a news conference after meeting with visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Xinhua reported. “We urge all parties to refrain from inflammatory or threatening statements or deeds to prevent irreversible damage to the situation on the Korean Peninsula.”