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China’s foreign ministry has rejected Donald Trump’s tweeted threat to stop trading “with any country doing business with North Korea” as unfair and unacceptable.

Asked about Trump’s threat, the foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, told reporters:

We cannot accept a situation in which, on the one hand we work to resolve this issue peacefully, but on the other China’s own interests are subjected to sanctions and are damaged. This is neither objective, nor is it fair.

Whenever North Korea conducts a nuclear test, it goes against the will of the international community and China will strongly oppose it.

The Chinese government attaches high importance to protecting the safety of Chinese citizens and the environment in the [border] region… China will take relevant measures to safeguard Chinese citizens and the environment.

We hope all the involved parties are able to maintain their restraint and keep calm and can make joint efforts to return to the track of peace talks. We hope the relevant parties will work with China towards the same end.

According to Xinhua, China’s official news agency, this is the statement put out by Brics leaders about North Korea this afternoon in China, where the emerging nations’ annual summit is being held:

We express deep concern over the ongoing tension and prolonged nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula and emphasise that it should only be settled through peaceful means and direct dialogue of all the parties concerned.

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