Chinese President Xi calls for calm as Japan conducts military exercises in Korean waters

Monday, April 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

CHINESE President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint today in a telephone call about North Korea with President Donald Trump, as Japan conducted exercises with a US aircraft carrier strike group headed for Korean waters.
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

President Trump sent the carrier group for exercises in waters off the Korean peninsula as a warning, amid growing fears North Korea could conduct another nuclear test in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

Angered by the approach of the USS Carl Vinson carrier group, a defiant North Korea said on Monday the deployment was “an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade”.

“The United States should not run amok and should consider carefully any catastrophic consequence from its foolish military provocative act,” Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, said in a commentary today.

“What’s only laid for aggressors is dead bodies,” the newspaper said.

wo Japanese destroyers have joined the carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific, and South Korea said on Monday it was also in talks about holding joint naval exercises.

The United States should not run amok
Rodong Sinmun newspaper

The United States and its allies fear North Korea could be preparing to conduct another nuclear test or launch more ballistic missiles.

China is North Korea’s sole major ally but has been angered by its nuclear and missile programmes and is frustrated by Pyongyang’s belligerence.

China, which has repeatedly called for the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, is increasingly worried the situation could spin out of control, leading to war and a chaotic collapse of its isolated, impoverished neighbour.

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