China draws red line' on North Korea, says won't allow war on peninsula

March 8, 2014 6:00 AM

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China draws red line' on North Korea, says won't allow war on peninsula

BEIJING (Reuters) - China declared a "red line" on North Korea on Saturday, saying that China will not permit chaos or war on the Korean peninsula, and that peace can only come through denuclearization.

China is North Korea's most important diplomatic and economic supporter, though Beijing's patience with Pyongyang has been severely tested following three nuclear tests and numerous bouts of saber rattling, including missile launches.

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