China says U.S. and North Korea are key to peace not Bei­jing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

China’s U.N. am­bas­sador says the United States and North Korea hold ``the pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity’’ for de-es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions and ne­go­ti­at­ing peace on the Korean Penin­sula — not China.

Liu Jieyi said Mon­day if Washington and Py­ongyang refuse to re­duce ten­sions and hold new talks as the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil calls for, ``then no mat­ter how ca­pa­ble China is, China’s ef­forts will not yield prac­ti­cal re­sults — be­cause it de­pends on the two prin­ci­pal par­ties.’’ The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has ac­cused China of fail­ing to rein in North Korea’s nu­clear and bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­grams and warned of pos­si­ble eco­nomic reprisals on Bei­jing.

In com­ments clearly di­rected at the U.S. and North Korea, Liu said new mis­sile tests, state­ments that ``all op­tions are on the table,’’ and an­timis­sile de­ploy­ments are height­en­ing ten­sions.

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