China tells Pyongyang to stop nuclear tests

http://www.afr.com/news/politics/world/china-tells-pyongyang-to-stop-nuclear-tests-to-avoid-headon-collision-with-us-20170308-gutxp3

China’s foreign minister urged North Korea to stop its nuclear activities and the US to suspend nearby military drills, as a way to quell growing tensions and get Kim Jong Un back to the negotiating table.

“The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming towards each other, with neither side willing to give way,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday in Beijing. “The question is, are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision? Our priority now is to flash a red light and apply brakes on both trains.”

Wang’s push for revived North Korean talks came during an annual news conference on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress in which he also praised his new US counterpart, Rex Tillerson, and reaffirmed China’s opposition to protectionism. China has come under pressure to help stop Kim’s pursuit of more powerful nuclear weapons, with the US setting up a missile-defense system in South Korea that Beijing views as a threat.

“This is the usual approach from China,” said Andrei Lankov, a history professor at Kookmin University in Seoul and author of “The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia.” “China wants to show that it is neutral and both sides are to blame for the situation in North Korea.”

While the US military has said its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) is aimed solely at stopping North Korean missiles, Wang said “everyone knows” its deployment was intended to endanger China’s security. China has suspended the operation of around 40 Lotte Mart stores after the South Korean retail conglomerate agreed to sell land for the system, and ordered travel agents to stop selling tour packages to South Korea.

Wang called on South Korea to “step back from the precipice and stop the deployment.”

Kim has accelerated his efforts to acquire the ability to hit the continental US with a nuclear warhead since six-party talks collapsed in 2009. North Korea warned this week that US-South Korea war exercises were leading the region to the brink of a “nuclear disaster.”

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or else?

“China wants to show that it is neutral and both sides are to blame for the situation in North Korea.”

fence sitter..

401

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~ by seeker401 on March 14, 2017.

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