China calls for re­straint on penin­sula

US bombers fly over area as sit­u­a­tion re­mains ‘highly com­plex and del­i­cate’

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By ZHAO HUANXIN in Wash­ing­ton huanx­inzhao@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Bei­jing has again called for re­straint on all par­ties in­volved in the nu­clear ten­sion on the Korean Penin­sula, after the US mil­i­tary flew two strate­gic bombers over the area in a show of force late on Tues­day.

The US bombers had taken off from the An­der­sen Air Force Base in Guam, and it was the first time US bombers have con­ducted train­ing with fight­ers from both Ja­pan and South Korea at night, Reuters re­ported on Wed­nes­day.

“The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion on the Korean Penin­sula re­mains highly com­plex and del­i­cate,” For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing told a reg­u­lar brief­ing on Wed­nes­day.

“We hope all the rel­e­vant par­ties can re­main re­strained and avoid tak­ing ac­tions to pro­voke each other and ag­gra­vate an­tag­o­nism and ten­sion.”

Hua also said China and Rus­sia con­ducted a con­sul­ta­tion on the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in North­east Asia in Moscow on Tues­day, in which the two sides ex­pressed “high con­cern”.

“Both of them be­lieve that all the rel­e­vant par­ties should re­main re­strained, re­frain from ac­tions that may es­ca­late ten­sions and faith­fully up­hold peace and sta­bil­ity of the Korean Penin­sula and the re­gion,” the spokes­woman said.

More­over, the two sides re­it­er­ated the op­po­si­tion to the de­ploy­ment of the Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fense (THAAD) mis­sile de­fense sys­tem in the Repub­lic of Korea by the US and the ROK, she said.

The lat­est US mil­i­tary ac­tion took place as US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump met mem­bers of his na­tional se­cu­rity team early Tues­day for a brief­ing and dis­cus­sion that “fo­cused on a range of op­tions” to re­spond to threats from the DPRK, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment of the White House.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, US Deputy Sec­re­tary of State John J. Sul­li­van will travel to Tokyo and Seoul for a tri­lat­eral meet­ing on Oct 18 that will fo­cus on “strate­gic co­or­di­na­tion re­lated to the ur­gent threat from DPRK’s ad­vanc­ing nu­clear weapons pro­gram”, the Depart­ment of State said in a re­lease on Wed­nes­day.

“We don’t know if the North Kore­ans will even­tu­ally be pre­pared to ac­cept mean­ing­ful lim­its on their nu­clear pro­gram,” Robert Ein­horn and Michael E. O’Han­lon, two se­nior fel­lows with the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tions, said in a re­cent ar­ti­cle.

“The only way to find out is to sit down with them at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble,” they said.

In ad­di­tion to in­ten­si­fy­ing in­ter­na­tional pres­sures, get­ting them back to the ta­ble will also re­quire find­ing a for­mula for ini­ti­at­ing talks that “ad­dresses DPRK con­cerns while pro­tect­ing US and al­lied se­cu­rity”, they said.

The US pres­i­dent tweeted on Mon­day, “Our coun­try has been un­suc­cess­fully deal­ing with North Korea for 25 years, giv­ing bil­lions of dol­lars & get­ting noth­ing. Pol­icy didn’t work!”

On Satur­day, he tweeted how ne­go­ti­a­tions have failed for 25 years and said “only one thing will work” with Py­ongyang, re­marks that some an­a­lysts said hinted that mil­i­tary ac­tion was on his mind, ac­cord­ing to newswire re­ports.

In com­ment­ing on the tweets, Hua said, “We hope that var­i­ous par­ties can strictly ob­serve and im­ple­ment the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions, re­frain from pro­vok­ing each other and ag­gra­vat­ing the con­tra­dic­tion, ex­er­cise re­straint and cau­tion to ease the ten­sion.”

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