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While Global Times is nominally not the official mouthpiece of China's ruling party, it is state run, and assumed to reflect government policy.

The column says many outlets omitted the second half of North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho's refusal to negotiation, which said "unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the US against the D.P.R.K. are fundamentally eliminated".

Earlier this week, Trump said that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it made further threats against the USA, and then on Thursday, he suggested that those words may not have been "tough enough" after the threats from North Korea continued.

While German officials have warned of the "very serious situation" unfolding between its ally and North Korea, Berlin has yet to affirm support for a U.S. incursion. Japan and South Korea may choose to realign with China and Russian Federation for security.

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"I think China can do a lot more, yes". In the current situation a little spark can ignite a fire in the region.

"China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten USA soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral", the Global Times said in an editorial. "At the same time, China will respond if the U.S. decides to attack North Korea", Asmolov said.

"The message clearly says that Beijing will punish anyone who will escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula", Asmolov pointed out.

In an editorialŲŒ The Global Times said China should tell both sides that "when their actions jeopardize China's interestsŲŒ China will respond with a firm hand".

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"Pyongyang understands that if it launches a nuclear missile this would risk provoking nuclear war".

As Deutsche Welle writes in the article Nations start to choose sides in event of North Korea war, amid growing talk of the possibility of open conflict between the United States and North Korea, countries have started to affirm their positions in case violence breaks out on the Korean Peninsula or elsewhere. According to the plan, four Hwasong-12 missiles will fly around 3,400 kilometers, particularly crossing Japan's airspace, and land in water 30-40 kilometers off the Guam coast. In July, Pyongyang conducted two ballistic missile tests which provoked a sharp response from the United States, Japan and South Korea.

But if North Korea escalates, the USA must be prepared to escalate to massive disarming strikes, including use of nuclear weapons.

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