05 July 2017

News Story: Chinese envoy warns of 'disastrous' consequences unless talks reopen with N. Korea

NEW YORK, July 3 (Yonhap) -- China's ambassador to the United Nations warned Monday that tensions with North Korea could get out of control and lead to disastrous consequences unless negotiations reopen as early as possible.

Ambassador Liu Jieyi made the remark to reporters during a news conference he held as China took over this month's presidency at the U.N. Security Council.

"Currently tensions are high and we certainly would like to see a de-escalation," the envoy said. "If tension only goes up ... then sooner or later it will get out of control and the consequences would be disastrous."

Liu called for resuming talks with the North at an early date.

"We cannot afford to wait for too long without dialogue taking place," he said.

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