China said on Wednesday that the North Korean nuclear issue should be resolved through dialogue.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said that military means were not an option, after U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea that any U.S. military option would be â€œdevastatingâ€�.
He stated this at a daily news conference on Wednesday in Beijing.
Bellicose statements by Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in recent weeks have created fears that a miscalculation could lead to action with untold ramifications, particularly since Pyongyang conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3.
Kang reiterated that China has all along upheld the aim of the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and protecting the international nuclear non-proliferation system.
â€œAt the same we are resolute in working for the protection of the peninsulaâ€™s peace and stability and uphold a peaceful resolution for the nuclear issue via dialogue and consultation,â€� Kang said.
â€œWe have always believed that military means should not be an option to resolve the nuclear issue on the peninsula.
â€œBecause arms cannot resolve the differences and can only cause a bigger disaster. No side can accept this,â€� he added.
â€œWe hope all sides can avoid words and actions that intensify the problem and may cause the situation to continue to escalate.â€�
North Korea will be high on the agenda when U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, visits China later this week.
While China has been angered by North Koreaâ€™s repeated nuclear and missile tests and has signed up for increasingly tough UN sanctions against Pyongyang, it has also said efforts must be stepped up to resume talks.
During a White House news conference on Tuesday, Trump also said the use of force was not Washingtonâ€™s preferred option for dealing with the North Koreaâ€™s ballistic and nuclear weapons programme.
In spite the increased tension, the U.S. has not detected any change in North Koreaâ€™s military posture reflecting an increased threat, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday.
North Korean Foreign Minister, Ri Ho on Monday accused Trump of declaring war on the North and threatened that Pyongyang would shoot down U.S. warplanes flying near the Korean Peninsula after American bombers flew close to it last Saturday.
Ho was reacting to Trumpâ€™s Twitter comments that Kim and Ho â€œwonâ€™t be around much longerâ€� if they acted on their threats toward the U.S.
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