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China 'very concerned' about S. Korea-U.S. military drills

All Headlines 17:02 March 07, 2016

BEIJING, March 7 (Yonhap) -- China's foreign ministry said Monday it was "very concerned" about the ongoing joint military drills between South Korea and the United States, saying it will not allow any trouble at its doorstep.

The annual military drills, which both South Korea and the U.S. say are defensive in nature and necessary to better cope with North Korea's aggression, come after the North's fourth nuclear test and rocket launch earlier this year.

China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters that Beijing takes note of North Korea's harsh verbal threats against the military drills.

"China is also very concerned about the military drills," Hong said.

"China is firmly opposed to any action that cause trouble" on the Korean Peninsula, Hong said. "We will not accept any trouble-making behavior at our doorstep."

North Korea threatened pre-emptive and "indiscriminate" nuclear strikes against the South Korea-U.S. drills.

Asked about the North's nuclear threats, Hong urged the "relevant parties" to exercise restraint.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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