US cancels missile testing as China warns off North Korea

City A.M. Reporter
CHINA warned against “troublemaking” on its doorstep yesterday, in an apparent rebuke to North Korea, as the US said it was postponing a missile test to help calm high tension on the divided Korean peninsula.

The North, led by Kim Jong-un, has been issuing vitriolic threats of war against the US and US-backed South Korea since the UN imposed sanctions in response to nuclear weapon tests in February.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, addressing a forum on Hainan, did not name North Korea but said no country “should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain”.

In Washington, a defence official said a long-scheduled test of the Minuteman III intercontinental missile, due to take place in California, would be postponed.

“This test ... has been delayed to avoid any misperception or miscalculation in light of recent tensions on the Korean peninsula,” the official said on Saturday.