China Warns of "Head on Collision" Between North Korea and the US

Abe also referred to a March 7 report from North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that said the March 6 missile launches were conducted as training for a North Korean unit in charge of attacking USA military bases in Japan.

The council on Tuesday strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile launches in a statement unanimously adopted despite tensions with China over Washington's deployment of an advanced missile defence system in South Korea.

Meanwhile the USA too, begun deploying a missile defence shield Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) in South Korea.

Monday's reports state that four ballistic missiles landed in the sea off Japan's north-west, angering South Korea and Japan, days after North Korea promised retaliation over the military drills, which it considers as preparation for war.

The current situation on the Korean Peninsula has angered China as the USA has begun to deploy the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea.

Beijing also said the US and South Korea should end the joint military drills that anger Pyongyang and seek talks instead.

The U.S. military said it detected and tracked what it assessed was a North Korean missile launch, but it did not pose a threat to North America.

Mr Wang suggested that the North's suspension of its nuclear and missile activities and the USA and South Korea's halting of their military exercises could help defuse the growing crisis.

Tanks participate in a joint military drill between US and South Korean Marines at a fire training field in the southeastern port of Pohang, South Korea, July 6, 2016.

South Koreans living in areas which will host defence batteries are concerned they could become targets, while China has said its radar capabilities go far beyond what is required for defence and represents an encroachment of U.S. military power.

But China and Russian Federation see the system's powerful radars as a security threat.

Without directly naming the US, Wang said those who pursue THAAD deployment in the ROK will end up hurting themselves as well as others.

His administration faces tough decisions as it figures out how it will counter North Korea's illicit weapons development program, while avoiding provoking an arms race or otherwise inflaming tensions in the volatile region.

North Korea on Monday test-fired four ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000km and reached an altitude of some 260km before falling into the Sea of Japan, or the East Sea.

North Korea has repeatedly acted out against sanctions placed by former President Barack Obama's administration and the United Nations, seemingly increasing its military and nuclear operations since President Donald Trump took office January 20. "We will resolutely take necessary measures to defend our security interests", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters.

China's condemnation of South Korean plans to deploy THAAD has triggered protests against South Korean retail giant, Lotte, which agreed to provide one of its golf courses in southern South Korea as the site of THAAD.

It called on United Nations member states to redouble their efforts to implement sanctions on North Korea.

  • Leroy Wright