China calls on US to refrain from making threats against North Korea

After US President Donald Trump called Washington’s options in dealing with North Korea “effective and overwhelming,” China’s ambassador to the US urged that the Trump administration avoid making additional threats against the isolated state. “They [the US] should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation,” he told reporters.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watching the launch Photo Credit: EPA-EFE

Chinese Ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai called on the US to refrain from threatening North Korea after Pyongyang launched another missile over Japan. “Honestly, I think the United States should be doing … much more than now, so that there’s real effective international cooperation on this issue,” he told reporters. “They [the US] should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation.”

Meanwhile, North Korea claimed that the intention of its nuclear tests has been to improve its military capabilities amid the threat from the US. According to the state-run KCNA news agency, leader Kim Jong-un said: “Our goal is to make the rulers of the US dare not talk about military option regarding us.”

US President Donald Trump was not impressed by the North Korean statements. “I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming,” Trump said. “We will defend our people, our nations and our civilization from all who dare to threaten our way of life. This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and the entire world community.”

The UN Security Council condemned the latest North Korean ballistic missile launch, calling it “highly provocative.” The UNSC statement read: “The Security Council stressed that these Democratic People’s Republic of Korea actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all United Nations Member States.”

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