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China says US wants diplomatic solution to N Korea standoff

AP  |  Beijing 

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has made a new appeal for calm on the Korean Peninsula and says he believes the United States would prefer a diplomatic resolution to the standoff.

Wang told reporters today that although US officials have made clear that a military strike remains on the table, he believes that would still prefer to de-escalate tensions through multi-sided talks.

Wang's comments came amid a mounting war of words between and Pyongyang.

After Vice President Mike Pence visited the demilitarised zone in yesterday and warned that "all options are on the table," a senior North Korean official responded by accusing the US of bringing the countries to the brink of thermonuclear war.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 13:48 IST