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.”
Wang Yi said North and South Korea are moving towards a 'head-on' collision
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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People watch news footage of a missile launch on a giant television screen outside the main railway station in Pyongyang on March 7, 2017
The news comes as the US begins deploying the first elements of the THAAD anti-missile system, which is likely to deepen the brewing hostilities between South Korea and China.
China has long objected to the deployment of THAAD, believing its territory is the target of the system’s radar despite claims from Seoul and Washington that the defence system is aimed only at curbing the provocations of North Korea.
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North Korea has been angered by joint military exercises between US and South Korean troops
While China is considered an ally of North Korea, the superpower has criticised the hermit state’s nuclear and missile tests and has signed up for increasingly severe U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang, including the suspension of coal imports.
China represents North Korea’s largest trade source and the suspension of coal imports is likely to have an impact on the Communist state’s economy.
Beijing has called for Washington to restart talks with North Korea to ease increasing tensions in the region.
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