Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi has described North Korea and the United States as two trains heading for a collision. His warning comes as North Korean missile tests and annual US-South Korean military exercises intensify tensions on both sides.
Tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and discord over the THAAD missile defense system are set to dominate the agenda when South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week.
The US, South Korea and Japan have started joint exercises to track missiles from North Korea, Seoul's military has said. The two-day drills come just weeks after Pyongyang launched its most advanced missile to date.
A top UN official said he encouraged North Korea to be open to "talks about talks" during a visit to the country. The United States also appeared to drop preconditions for talking with North Korea.
The move comes after North Korea recently tested missiles over the pacifist country. The new missiles will be capable of reaching North Korea.
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