China warns US against stirring up tensions, provoking confrontation with North Korea

China President Xi Jinping. [File Photo]

On Thursday, after President Joe Biden and his South Korean counterpart stated Pyongyang would face the “end” of its government if it used its nuclear arsenal, China warned Washington and Seoul against “provoking confrontation” with North Korea.

China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said, “All parties should face up to the crux of the (Korean) peninsula issue and play a constructive role in promoting a peaceful settlement of the issue.”

As per a report by AFP, Mao Ning urged against “deliberately stirring up tensions, provoking confrontation and playing up threats”.

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

The two sides also agreed that the US security shield for South Korea would be strengthened in the face of the nuclear-armed North’s missile tests.

Beijing condemned that decision Thursday, saying Washington “ignores regional security and insists on exploiting the peninsula issue to create tension.”

“What the US is doing … provokes confrontation between camps, undermines the nuclear non-proliferation regime and the strategic interests of other countries,” Mao was quoted as saying.

US moves, she added, “aggravate tensions on the peninsula, undermine regional peace and stability, and run counter to the goal of denuclearization on the peninsula.”

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