China, Russia warn US against government change in North Korea

China, Russia warn US against government change in North Korea
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Representatives from China and Russia are warning the United States and its allies against any form of military action in the Korean Peninsula after supporting watered-down sanctions on North Korea.

Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that a spokesman for China's government warned that the country will "never allow" war to break out between North and South Korea.

“The Chinese side will never allow conflict or war on the peninsula,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday.

That warning follows reported remarks from China's and Russia's ambassadors to the United Nations on Monday, in which the two countries warned the U.S. against “the four nos": No government change, no government collapse, no accelerated reunification and no military deployment north of the 38th parallel dividing the Korean Peninsula.

On Monday, China and Russia joined with the U.S. to pass further sanctions on North Korea, but negotiations before the vote resulted in the U.S. dropping demands for an oil embargo on North Korea and a freeze on leader Kim Jong Un’s assets.

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that such sanctions would be ineffective, saying North Koreans would "eat grass" before giving up the state's nuclear weapons program.

"Sanctions of any kind are useless and ineffective," Putin told reporters earlier this month. "They’ll eat grass, but they won’t abandon their program unless they feel secure."

President Trump has grown vocally frustrated with China's failure or refusal to rein in Pyongyang and has repeatedly stated that "all options" are on the table when it comes to dealing with North Korea's nuclear program.

"This regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior," Trump said in late August.