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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 14:59

China raps 'blind faith' in North Korea bans

China raps 'blind faith' in North Korea bans
China has denounced the "blind faith” in sanctions on North Korea as irresponsible, saying, however, that his country will continue to pursue denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

The UN Security Council approved its harshest sanctions ever against North Korea earlier this month, prompting North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un to orders the country’s nuclear arsenal prepared for use at any time.

With the situation on the Korean Peninsula, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday, "there are swords drawn and bows bent in mutual hostility, and the air is saturated with the taste of gunpowder.”

“Blind faith in sanctions and pressure, actually, are not a responsible approach for the future of the Korean Peninsula,” he said.

On Monday, South Korean and US troops began large-scale military exercises which North Korea called "nuclear war moves" and threatened to respond with an all-out offensive.

China said it was "deeply concerned" about the exercises. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei urged “restraint instead of provocative moves.”

Russia said it was opposed to military exercises as a way of pressuring North Korea, calling on the parties involved to show restraint.

"The development of the situation on the Korean peninsula and around it is causing a growing concern," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

South Korea and the US started two sets of military exercises on Monday, with the participation of some 17,000 American troops which marks a nearly-four-fold increase compared to the past. More than 300,000 South Koreans are also taking part in the war games.

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