Beijing has consistently blamed not just Pyongyang but also Washington for what it sees as its hostile policies toward North Korea, washingtonpost.com reported.
“Trump threatens DPRK with ‘total destruction’, while China calls for peaceful settlement,” the online English-language edition of the People’s Daily newspaper headlined an op-ed, referring to the county’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“Trump’s political chest-thumping is unhelpful, and it will only push the DPRK to pursue even riskier policies, because the survival of North Korea is at stake,” it wrote.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, was more restrained, but nevertheless conveyed a similar message.
In imposing economic sanctions on Pyongyang, the United Nations Security Council has agreed that the North Korea issue should be solved through “political and diplomatic means,” he said.
“The Peninsula situation is still in a complex and sensitive state,” he said. “We hope that relevant parties could maintain restraint while completing United Nations Security Council resolutions, and take more correct actions which are helpful in easing the situation.”
Leading members of the Russian foreign policy establishment said that Trump's statements echoed his inexperience and were potentially dangerous for US allies, according to chicagotribune.com.
"Any military conflict means deaths of civilians. It is especially odd as the US considers South Korea and Japan its allies and they could be affected in case of a strike," Andrei Klimov, chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee in Russia's upper house of parliament, told the Interfax news agency in an interview on Tuesday.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump derided Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, as a “rocket man” as the president warned that he may be forced to "totally destroy" the nation.