China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula


The Trump administration has proposed setting up a blockade as a effect of North Korea's repeated long-range missile tests and refusal to give up its nuclear program.

North Korea would be wise to accept this olive branch and agree to come to the negotiating table without delay.

North Korea and the US have been enemies for decades, but tensions have reached historic heights in 2017 as Kim Jong Un's regime has ramped up its long-range missile tests.

On November 29, the Kim Jong-un regime test-fired a newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile that it claimed could strike anywhere in the USA mainland.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, warning against the danger of "sleepwalking" into war, said on Thursday that Security Council resolutions on North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries. "The peninsula issue must, in the end, be resolved via dialogue and consultation", Xi said as South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Beijing.

General Wanlop Rugsanoah, secretary general of Thailand's National Security Council, told AFP the request was made during his meeting with United States special envoy for North Korea Joseph Yun, who arrived in Bangkok Wednesday evening for a two-day trip to the kingdom.

China and South Korea agreed in late October that they would normalise exchanges and move past the dispute over THAAD, which froze trade and business exchanges, and Mr Moon has been keen to put the dispute behind them.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres also said on Thursday that it was vital Security Council resolutions on North Korea were fully implemented by all countries.

"Should the United States and its followers try to enforce the naval blockade against our country, we will see it as an act of war and respond with merciless self-defensive counter-measures as we have warned repeatedly", said KCNA, citing a foreign ministry spokesman.

The US embassy in Bangkok confirmed Yun's meeting with the National Security Council chief took place but declined to provide more details on the discussion.

"The worst possible thing that could happen is for us all to sleepwalk into a war".

China and Russian Federation, however, have welcomed Mr Tillerson's overture.

Japan says now is the time to keep up maximum pressure on North Korea, not start talks on its missile and nuclear programmes.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday that the best way forward on resolving the North Korean crisis is to intensify economic pressure on the secretive state.

Russian Federation does not accept North Korea's nuclear status, Mr Putin told an annual news conference.

"We believe the two sides should now stop aggravating the situation", Putin said.