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China Cautioning US and South Korea to Avoid Provoking North Korea’s Wrath


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China warned Washington and Seoul against “provoking confrontation” with North Korea and urged them to play a more constructive role.

Beijing’s comments on Thursday came after President Joe Biden and his South Korean counterpart said Pyongyang would face the “end” of its leadership if it used its nuclear arsenal.

“All parties should confront the core issue of the (Korean) Peninsula and play a constructive role in promoting a peaceful settlement of the issue,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning.

She urged not to “intentionally stir up tensions, provoke confrontation and threaten”.

At a summit in Washington, Biden and Yoon Sok-yul made it clear that if the isolated dictatorship of North Korea attacked the South or the United States, the response would be devastating.

The two sides also agreed to strengthen the US security shield for South Korea in the face of North Korea’s nuclear missile tests.

Beijing denounced the decision on Thursday, saying Washington “ignores regional security and insists on exploiting the peninsula issue to stir up tension.”

“What the United States is doing… stirs up confrontation between the two camps and undermines the nuclear non-proliferation regime and the strategic interests of other countries,” Mao said.

She added that the US moves “exacerbate tensions in the peninsula, undermine regional peace and stability, and contradict the goal of denuclearizing the peninsula.”

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