March 18th, 2013
05:17 AM ET

China: U.S. risks antagonizing North Korea

The United States' plans to beef up its missile defenses against North Korea are likely to inflame tensions that are running high over Pyongyang's nuclear program, China said Monday.

"Bolstering missile defenses will only intensify antagonism, and it doesn't help to solve the issue," Hong Lei, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a regular news briefing in Beijing.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Has the USA's defence deteriorated so much that we have to be intimidated by the possibility of our antagonism of North Korea?
    Are we already basing our defence strategies on what China says?
    Weakness is not all it's cracked up to be.

    March 18, 2013 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. the prophet

    If countries continues to build ridiculous defense systems and mechanisms, it clearly shows that humans have not evolved and much less grown trustworthy of each other.

    March 18, 2013 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Rafter Man

      We are regressing. We have regressed within the past 30 years. There is no evolution. The technology has left us behind. It evolves while society crumbles.

      March 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Benn

    I hope their missles can't reach the east coast.

    March 18, 2013 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. the prophet

    Blocked again

    March 18, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. mack williams

    a war with north korea could jump start the economy if handled.

    March 18, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. PRO AMERICA

    unfortunetly people Iran call us a bluff so n. korea is following suit. now its either we put up or shut up now or be seen across the world as the bully. and yes they do apparently have missiles to hit us along with Iran if they team up. and china don't forget them, they are saying our actions are wrong now, so you can just imagine that they will back north korea.

    March 18, 2013 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO

    So what does North Korea look like when they've been "antagonized"? Do they conduct nuclear and long range missile tests? Do they lob mortars into South Korea? Sink South Korean ships? Kidnap citizens of nearby nations? Support terrorism? Imprison dissidents in their own nation? They've already done all that, so what's the difference?

    March 18, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I wish that blog regulars would use one name so one would know with whom he is arguing.

    March 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    "Likely to inflame tensions" ?
    The tensions are already all time high. Thanks to a policy of provocation sans reason pursued by the wise policy makers this country of ours has been 'blessed' with for the past 11 yrs.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    More on these 'wise' policy makers & legislators if I can get thru censors.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Senate resolution 65 is being sponsored to push US into another disaster- a third war.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    This is being done on the eve of 10th ann. of Iraq war.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Perhaps to celebrate this nation's jubilation on that 'successfull' crime and to honor its architects.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    The res initiated by Lindsay Graham & AIPAC is gaining momentum. Congrats fellow Americans.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sofa King

    I'm with saywhat. North Korea is good.

    March 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
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