The United States and North Korea are set to "head on collision", and neither side will want to concede, warned the chief diplomat of China.
A week of tension in the region, foreign Minister Wang AI warned the United States against the deployment of a controversial missile defense system in South Korea. China is strongly opposed to this system.
China also said North Korea to suspend its programme of building nuclear weapons.
"Both sides like two speeding trains going at each other," Wang told reporters in Beijing. "The question is whether both sides are ready to collide?" A harsh warning to China came last week, when North Korea launched four ballistic missiles, and the United States launched the first components of a missile system THAAD in South Korea.
The report by the state news Agency of China "Xinhua" said that the deployment of THAAD to start an "arms race" in the region. "More anti-missile shields on the one hand inevitably bring more nuclear missiles of the opposing side who can break the missile shield," - said in the article, suggesting that China may accelerate its nuclear program.
Wang urged the U.S. and South Korea to ease tensions in the region by suspending the annual joint military exercises, that are opposed to North Korea in exchange for Pyongyang stop its nuclear program.
"Nuclear weapons will not provide security," said Wang. "The use of force is not the solution. Negotiations are deserving of another chance, and the world is still in our hands."
He suggested that China's role is to act as a signal for early warning to avoid a potentially catastrophic collision on the Korean Peninsula.
The photos, released by the United States, showed that the first part of ballistic missile defence technology was unloaded on the Osana air base in South Korea on Monday evening. The missile defense system designed to counter North Korean aggression, according to the us military, but China is strongly opposed to its deployment. According to Beijing, the rocket system can be used for monitoring, not for monitoring incoming North Korean missiles, said mark Protocol of the Korean economic Institute.
On Wednesday, Wang said that South Korea should "stop" the deployment, which he called undermining China's security.
U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson will go to the region for talks next week that are likely to include measures to defuse the situation in North Korea. Tillerson will land in Tokyo, Japan, March 15 to begin their first East Asian tour since the swearing in. He will then travel to Seoul before making its last stop in Beijing on March 18.
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