BEIJING, Apr 15 (INP) Beijing has urged Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang to stop irritating and threatening each other to prevent the situation on the Korean Peninsula from sliding to the point of being irreparable.
"There has been heightened tension between the United States, the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The precarious situation deserves our attention and concern," Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during a joint news conference with his visiting French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault.
"We urge all parties to refrain from inflammatory or threatening statements and deeds to prevent the situation on the Korean Peninsula from becoming irreversible."
"Once a war really happens, the result will be nothing but loss all around. No one can become a winner," Wang said.
He added that "no matter who it is, if it wants to make war or trouble on the Korean Peninsula, it must take the historical responsibility and pay the due price".
Wang said China would be willing to help facilitate efforts by the sides to reach out to each other in whatever form.
DPRK Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol said in Pyongyang on Friday, "We will go to war" if the US chooses to provoke it.
He said the US is making trouble in the region, noting that the US has moved an aircraft carrier into the region and has participated in its largest-ever joint military exercises with the ROK.
Han added that Pyongyang will continue developing its nuclear program and conduct its next nuclear test whenever its leaders see fit. Pyongyang has launched several ballistic missiles recently.
Meanwhile China's national airline, Air China, has cancelled some flights from Beijing to Pyongyang due to poor demand, but it has not suspended all flights there, it said on Friday night.