China has called for North Korea to end nuclear activities in order to keep the peace
Wang Yi also said South Korea should not deploy the US anti-missile defence system THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) and has called on Seoul to halt the deployment.
He suggested Pyongyang could halt its nuclear activities in exchange for a suspension of joint military drills conducted between US and South Korean troops.
Mr Wang said: “To defuse the looming crisis on the (Korean) peninsula, China proposes that as a first step, the DPRK [North Korea] may suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the halt of the large-scale US-ROK [South Korea] exercises.
“This ‘suspension for suspension’ can help us break out of the security dilemma and bring the parties back to the negotiating table.”
He described the escalating tensions as "two accelerating trains, coming toward each other with neither side willing to give way."
The foreign minister asked: "Are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision?"
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