By Martin Banks - 16th April 2013
Dialogue is the only way
China's EU ambassador has appealed to the US to help "cool down" tensions with North Korea.
Wu Hailong wants Washington to play a "constructive" role in defusing the current crisis on the Korean peninsula.
"The US is a member of the six-party-member talks and will play a fundamental and, hopefully, a constructive role in resolving this crisis."
He said, "A Korean war will serve the interests of no-one. That is why I am calling on all sides to exercise control and calm.
"Dialogue is the only way to restore stability and peace to the region."
His comments come as North Korea raised the temperature on its neighbours, saying in its latest threat that it would not give any advance warning before any attack on South Korea.
"Our retaliatory action will start without any notice from now," Pyongyang said on Tuesday.
North Korea said it was responding to what it called insults from the "puppet authorities" in the South, claiming that there had been a rally against North Korea in Seoul, a rally it called a "monstrous criminal act."
The renewed menacing rhetoric came a day after North Koreans celebrated the birthday of their country's founder, Kim Il-sung, who launched the Korean war
Wu, who is arguably China's top diplomat in Europe, was briefing Brussels-based journalists on current EU-China relations.
He once again criticised the EU for launching its anti-dumping investigation on the importation of solar panels into the EU, saying this was "not conducive to good EU-China relations".
Warning that the investigation would "harm" the EU's trade performance, he added, "This investigation is regrettable and merely serves to add to current trade frictions between the two sides."
His remarks come ahead of a trip to Beijing at the end of this month by EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton for the latest 'strategic dialogue' meeting and an upcoming EU-China political party forum, also in the Chinese capital.
In a wide-ranging dialogue, the diplomat also voiced optimism that EU efforts to tackle the ongoing eurozone crisis would prove fruitful, adding that he felt the recent economic crisis in Cyprus "will not have a major economic impact".