China urges all sides in North Korea standoff to 'stop irritating' one another

China urges all sides in North Korea standoff to 'stop irritating' one anotherBy Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Wednesday urged all parties in the Korean standoff to stay calm and “stop irritating each other,” a day after North Korea said the United States was pushing the region to the brink of nuclear war. North Korea’s state media published a rare, strong, criticism of China on Wednesday, saying Chinese state media commentaries calling for tougher sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear program were undermining relations with Beijing and worsening tensions. The United States has urged China, North Korea’s only major ally, to do more to rein in its neighbor’s nuclear and missile programs, which have prompted an assertive response from the Trump administration, warning that an “era of strategic patience” is over.



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