China’s president pledged strong ties with North Korea, amid serious tensions between the two Koreas in the wake of Pyongyang’s failed rocket launch.
Hu Jintao’s promise came at a meeting with a top Workers’ Party delegation leader in Beijing on Monday.
It came as North Korea threatened “unprecedented action” against Seoul.
Meanwhile the US says it has raised allegations with China that a missile launcher seen in Pyongyang last week was of Chinese origin.
Tension on the Korean peninsula is high following the failed rocket launch on 13 April. Pyongyang said it was putting a satellite into orbit but critics said the launch was a disguised test of missile technology banned under UN resolutions.
South Korea also says there are signs that North Korea is planning a third nuclear test.
North Korea had almost completed preparations for the test which will take place ”soon”, an unidentified source told Reuters.
This source, the news agency said, has correctly predicted past events, including North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006.
President Hu (r) said China and North Korea will work for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
Let’s hope! Doesn’t sound like it with the “turn to ashes” threat!