China Warns NKorea,US Over War of Words

BEIJING (AP) -- China's foreign ministry has urged North Korea and the United States to stop their escalating war of words, warning that there will be "no winner" in the event of a conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters at a regular briefing Tuesday that Beijing "consistently opposes war and chaos on the peninsula" and "totally disapproves" of the fiery threats that have been traded between the sides.

Lu's remarks came after North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that President Donald Trump's tweet that leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" was a declaration of war against his country by the United States.

In Beijing, Lu noted that the Trump administration clarified Monday that it's not seeking to overthrow North Korea's government.

(KA)