Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday said challenges are being posed to world peace, comments made after North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear bomb yet, the Guardian reported.
Jinping, speaking to business representatives of the BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — a day before he opens a summit with the leaders of these major emerging markets in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen, didn't mention North Korea's sixth nuclear test in his speech.
North Korea has threatened to fire a nuclear warhead to the U.S. mainland, and leader Kim Jong Un has engaged in an exchange of threats with U.S. President Donald Trump over Pyongyang's ballistic missile testing this year. The test Sunday, reportedly a hydrogen bomb capable of being mounted on a ballistic missile, triggered a 6.3-magnitute earthquake.
China has strongly condemned the tests and is under pressure to do more to deter North Korea’s provocations.
"Thanks to the joint effort of all countries, global peace has reigned for more than half a century. However, incessant conflicts in some parts of the world and hotspot issues are posing challenges to world peace," Xi said Sunday.
"The intertwined threats of terrorism and a lack of cybersecurity – among others – have cast a dark shadow over the world. People around the world want peace and cooperation, not conflict or confrontation."
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