China has called for restraint after North Korea announced it is planning to test a nuclear bomb, a move the US said would threaten world peace. (Picture: Reuters)
“We hope that North Korea will exercise necessary calm and restraint over the nuclear test issue,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said.
Mr Liu urged countries “not take actions that escalate tensions” and called for a negotiated settlement. [Full text]
See also “North Korea’s nuclear wake-up call” by John Gittings, The Guardian’s long-time China correspondent who now researches nuclear proliferation. Also, the official Xinhua report on the threat from North Korea.