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China opposed to deployment of US nuclear weapons on Korean peninsula

Japan, South Korea favour installation move in response to N Korea's repeated missile tests

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

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People watch a TV news reporting about a possible nuclear test conducted by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea. (File Photo: PTI)

said it was opposed to any deployment of by and in response to North Korea's repeated missile tests and its quest for a military "equilibrium" with the

China's ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, said the potential spread of would not bring security to the highly-tensed region.

"It could only make things much worse. We are certainly opposed to the existence of anywhere on the Korean peninsula or anywhere," the Hong Kong-based South Morning Post quoted Cui as having told reporters in on Friday.

The comments came on a day launched its second intermediate-range missile over the Japanese territory in less than a month. The missile test was the first after tested its sixth and largest nuclear device on September 3.

Experts assessing the data now increasingly believe the latest nuclear test by to be a

The North Korean state media said the reclusive nation's aim was to seek an "equilibrium" of military force with the after an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council again condemned the Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.

The tests have resulted in calls for deployment of nuclear weapons by American allies and

Ambassador Cui said understood South Korea's fears.

"We are willing to help them to solve these concerns on the condition of not risking China's security interests," he said, apparently referring to US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) weapons in

firmly opposes deployment because its powerful radars could monitor China's movement of missiles and their deployment.

The deployment of nuclear weapons in South Korea and will bring them to the doorstep of China.

First Published: Sat, September 16 2017. 19:01 IST