Beijing, China | Thu, April 27, 2023
On Thursday, after President Joe Biden and his South Korean counterpart stated Pyongyang would face the “end” of its government if it used its nuclear arsenal, China urged Washington and Seoul against “provoking confrontation” with North Korea.
According to Mao Ning, a spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, “all parties should confront the core of the (Korean peninsula) issue and play a constructive role in promoting a peaceful settlement of the issue.” She cautioned against “intentionally inciting conflict, provoking confrontation, and exaggerating threats.”
Biden and Yoon Suk Yeol made it abundantly plain during a summit in Washington that the North Korean dictatorship would face a catastrophic response if it attacked either the South or the US.
The two sides also concurred that in response to the North’s missile testing, the US security shield for South Korea will be tightened.
Beijing criticized that choice on Thursday, claiming that Washington “ignores regional security and insists on exploiting the peninsula issue to create tension.”
According to Mao, “What the US is doing… incites conflict between camps, threatens the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and jeopardizes the strategic interests of other nations.”
She continued, saying that US actions “intensify tensions on the peninsula, threaten regional stability and peace, and are in direct opposition to the goal of denuclearization on the peninsula.”