Monday, July 26, 2010

China calls for restraint in North Korea stand-down

China’s Foreign Minister called for restraint from all parties on Sunday, as the US and South Korea launched a major naval exercise despite threats of nuclear retaliation by North Korea.

Washington and Seoul said the war games, which began on Sunday in the Sea of Japan, were meant as a message to Pyongyang to cease its aggressive behavior, following allegations it torpedoed a South Korean warship in March.

But North Korea threatened to respond with nuclear weapons.

China is encouraging Pyongyang to return to so-called six-party talks, aimed at dismantling its nuclear program, stalled since December 2008.

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