China advocates 'peace' between U.S., North Korea

| Updated: Mar 09, 2017 10:57 IST

New York [U.S.], Mar. 9 (ANI): China has warned United States and North Korea that both nations are clearly heading for a "head-on collision" as neither side is willing to back down from its stance, especially in nuclear matters. China's statement comes in the wake of North Korea launching four ballistic missiles and the US deploying the first components of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system (THAAD) in South Korea. According to CNN, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi cautioned the U.S. against the deployment of a controversial missile defense system in South Korea, which is strongly opposed by Beijing. However, he did not mince words in rebuking North Korea, saying that Pyonyang should suspend its nuclear weapons program. "The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming towards each other. The question is, are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision? Nuclear weapons will not bring security. The use of force is no solution. Talks deserve another chance and peace is still within our grasp," Wang told reporters in Beijing. Wang's remarks came a day after the US military revealed the controversial missile defense system had finally arrived in South Korea. Pictures released by the United States showed the first pieces of the ballistic missile defense technology being unloaded at Osan Air Base in South Korea Monday night. (ANI)