China says North Korea tension
has to be stopped from
reaching 'irreversible' stage
an "irreversible and unmanageable stage" as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed
toward the region amid fears the North may conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test.
airfield last week in response to a deadly gas attack, raising questions about
U.S. President Donald Trump's plans for North Korea, which has conducted
missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. and unilateral sanctions.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travels to South Korea on Sunday on a
long-planned 10-day trip to Asia.
its weapons program, has called for talks leading to the denuclearization of
the Korean peninsula.
whether in words or actions, and not let the situation get to an irreversible and
unmanageable stage," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing.
assets" to the region as the Carl Vinson strike group with a flag-ship nuclear-
powered aircraft carrier steamed closer, and said it stood ready to strike back.
on Syria on April 6, has entered the path of open threat and blackmail," the
North's KCNA news agency quoted the military as saying in a statement.
who encroach upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and will always
mercilessly ravage all provocative options of the U.S. with Korean-style
conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty, has on occasion conducted missile or
nuclear tests to coincide with big political events and often threatens the
United States, South Korea and Japan.
birth of state founder Kim Il Sung.
as a nuclear or missile test.
North Korean regime to endure," the South's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
provocation, U.S. officials have said his administration is focusing its strategy
on tougher economic sanctions.
and he believed Chinese President Xi Jinping would "work very hard" to help
China, if necessary.
Korean peninsula last weekend in a show of force. (tmsnrt.rs/2p1yGTQ)
sanctions, cutting off the North's most important export, and on Friday,
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said national airline Air China was
suspending flights to Pyongyang.
Friday, were being suspended and Air China could not be reached for comment.
between China and South Korea because China objects to the deployment
of a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system
in the South.
Republic of Korea decided to deploy THAAD, the
situation has not become harmonious but has become
more tense," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman
Geng Shuang, said in response to a question about
of the THAAD is to guard against North Korean missiles,
but China says that its powerful radar could penetrate
on track for a losing week as tension over North Korea
underpinned the perceived safe-haven Japanese yen.
discussed how to rescue an estimated 57,000 Japanese
citizens in South Korea as well as how to cope with a
possible flood of North Korean refugees coming to
Japan, among whom might be spies.
would win should there be any conflict with the United States.
long as our Supreme Leader is with us," Ho said, referring to Kim Jong Un.
was not North Korea, but finding work in a tough job market.
at a "study café" where many job seekers prepare for interviews.
Kim in SEOUL, Natalie Thomas in Pyongyang, Linda Sieg in TOKYO and
Michael Martina and Christian Shepherd in BEIJING; Writing by Nick Macfie;
Editing by Robert Birsel)