The Straits Times
Published on Oct 20, 2012

China urges restraint as tensions mount between two Koreas


SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China on Saturday urged North and South Korea to exercise restraint and safeguard peace on the peninsula, after the communist North threatened to fire on the South.

North Korea said on Friday that it would attack if Seoul allowed activists to drop anti-northern leaflets on its territory, in its most strident warning against its long-time foe for months.

South Korea's defence minister told parliament that its military would retaliate in the event of attack.

"As a close neighbour of the peninsula, China urges the two Koreas to resolve the conflict through dialogue and consultation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement.