Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Tensions on Korean peninsula at 'tipping point', China says

Tensions on the Korean peninsula are at "tipping point", following the North's latest ballistic missile launch, China says.
North Korea on Tuesday fired a midrange ballistic missile that flew over Japan. The move prompted Donald Trump to say that "all options are on the table".

The test, one of the most provocative ever from the reclusive state, came as US and South Korean forces conduct annual military exercises on the peninsula.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated Beijing's call for peace talks, saying "pressure and sanctions" against North Korea "cannot fundamentally solve the issue", and said the country needed to exercise restraint.

"The UN Security Council has put through several resolutions and sanctions have all along been put in place but everyone can see whether they've had actual results," she added.

"On the one hand, sanctions have continued to be put in place via resolutions and on the other hand North Korea's nuclear and missile launch process is still continuing."

Mr Trump said: "The world has received North Korea's latest message loud and clear: this regime has signalled its contempt for its neighbours, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behaviour.

"Threatening and destabilising actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world.

"All options are on the table," he said.

SKY      News.

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