29 September, 2017
Commenting on the recent escalation of war of words between USA and North Korea, Beijing warned against any potential military conflict on the Korean Peninsula and urged the two countries to realize that military means are never a viable way out.
"The U.N. Charter stipulates individual member states' rights to self-defense".
South Korea expects North Korea to engage in more provocative action next month to coincide with the anniversary of the founding of its communist party and China's all-important Communist Party Congress.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have escalated in recent weeks as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump exchange bellicose threats and insults over the North's nuclear and missile development program.
"As long as the USA has declared war, from now on, even if USA strategic bombers don't fly into our airspace, we will hold all the rights to self-defense, including the right to shoot them down at a time of our discretion". Furthermore, North Korea's repeated provocations are destabilizing Northeast Asia, making the regime more of a liability rather than a strategic asset for the Chinese government.
The U.S. has threatened on multiple occasions to cut trade with countries that do business with North Korea in violation of United Nations resolutions, and last week, Trump signed an executive order allowing the U.S.to blacklist any company, firm, or individual caught illegally aiding the North Korean regime. Ri was reacting to Trump's Twitter comments that Kim and Ri "won't be around much longer" if they acted on their threats towards the United States.
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"The Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is related to regional peace and stability", ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.
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