China warns of war as NKorea vows ‘merciless’ response to US

- Agence France-Presse, BEIJING

Apr 15, 2017-

China issued a stern warning on Friday that a conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment”, as Pyongyang vowed a “merciless” response to any US military action. Tensions in the region have surged to fresh heights in recent days with speculation mounting that the North is preparing a sixth nuclear test. 

A US naval strike force has been deployed near the Korean peninsula, and President Donald Trump has issued stark warnings that the threat posed by Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme “will be taken care of”. China, under pressure from Trump to prevent any North Korea provocation, said the situation had reached breaking point. “One has the feeling that a conflict could break out at any moment,” Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said. “If a war occurs, the result is a situation in which everybody loses,” he added during a joint press conference with the visiting French foreign minister. 

Published: 15-04-2017 08:15

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