Another Korean war ‘remains weak’

By Liu Xin Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/5 23:58:39

The possibility of war on the Korean Peninsula remains weak even as the situation deteriorates, analysts said, following reports that North Korea is preparing to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) after its sixth nuclear test on Sunday.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a press briefing on Tuesday that Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi talked to his South Korean counterpart over phone on China's stance on the Korean nuclear issue.

China would participate in the UN discussions with responsible attitude in an effort to promote the denuclearization on the peninsula, Geng said.

Geng also said that China hopes all parties could make efforts to avoid deterioration of the situation in response to reports on limits of ballistic missile heads in South Korea.

North Korea has been observed moving what appeared to be an ICBM toward its west coast, South Korea's Asia Business Daily reported on Tuesday. The rocket started moving on Monday, a day after North Korea's sixth nuclear test, and was spotted moving at night to avoid being detected, the report said.

"North Korea's sixth nuclear test, which violated UN resolutions, has increased tensions in Northeast Asia. But there is little chance for war to break out as it goes against the interests of all parties involved," Lü Chao, a researcher on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

The UN Security Council called an emergency meeting on Monday, during which US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was "begging for war" as she urged the UN Security Council to adopt the strongest sanctions possible to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, CNN reported.

Lü noted that the US alliance with South Korea and Japan would be the first to be affected if war breaks out, and the US wants to keep tensions at a certain level on the Korean Peninsula to maximize its interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

"The US and its allies will increase their military threat in the area and try to shift more pressure on China on the Korean nuclear issue. And the international community should review its policies on North Korea as it has developed advanced nuclear technologies despite tough sanctions," Da Zhigang, director of the Institute of Northeast Asian Studies at the Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.

The Chinese ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi on Monday said that "China will never allow chaos and war on the peninsula," reported.


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