China UN envoy says US-North Korea rhetoric might lead to 'disaster'

Liu Jieyi, China's ambassador to the UN, told Reuters that the escalating rhetoric between the US and North Korea is getting "too dangerous." Unless the dispute is resolved through negotiation, he added, a "disaster" could occur.

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China's ambassador to the UN, Liu Jieyi, said Monday that the escalating rhetoric between the United States and North Korea is "too dangerous," adding that the situation can only be resolved through negotiation.

Liu was responding to the remarks made earlier by North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who told reporters that US President Donald Trump had declared war on his country.

"We want things to calm down. It’s getting too dangerous and it’s in nobody’s interest," Liu told Reuters.

North Korea's leader watching a missile test Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to Ri's remarks that the US has "not declared war on North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd."

In his UN General Assembly speech earlier this week, Ri called Trump a "mentally deranged person full of megalomania."



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