China called for calm and restraint on Friday after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered his military to be ready to use its atomic weapons at any time.
The order by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un marked a further escalation of tensions, a day after the North fired short-range projectiles into the East Sea in an apparent show of defiance following the U.N. Security Council’s adoption of new sanctions against Pyongyang over its fourth nuclear test and rocket launch.
“The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly complex and sensitive,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said. “We hope that relevant parties can exercise restraint, speak and act prudently, and refrain from taking actions that may escalate tensions.”
First official talks were launched on Friday in Seoul on the deployment of the THAAD battery in South Korea. China has long voiced opposition to the THAAD battery in South Korea, claiming it would undermine its own national security interests.
“The Chinese side is firmly opposed to the deployment by the U.S. and South Korea of the THAAD system on the Korean Peninsula,” Hong said, repeating China’s stance. Read More