China tells US, North Korea to ‘hit brakes’ on Threats


China has warned the US and North Korea to “hit the brakes” on threats and actions, and work towards a peaceful resolution of their dispute.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday, said the two countries should work together and contain tensions.

Russia and China should not permit any party to “stir up an incident on their doorstep”, he said.

The warnings come after the North angered the international community by testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) late in July, a move which saw Pyongyang slapped with new UN sanctions.

Meanwhile, China and Russia called for the US to suspend planned large-scale military exercises in exchange for North Korea suspending its missile and nuclear test as a first step toward direct talks.

Lavrov said the August 21 exercises could stoke tensions, according to China’s foreign ministry.

He said a resolution of the dispute through military force was “completely unacceptable”.

On Tuesday, North Korea said it had completed plans to test ballistic missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam, but would wait to see what the US does first.

Source: Al Jazeera

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