China’s military has expanded its surveillance of the Korean Peninsula, saying it will respond with force to any threats from Pyongyang.
The statement was made at a meeting with senior military officials in Beijing on Friday.
China’s defense ministry has warned that if the North Korean government tries to use any provocation, China will use its “all-out defensive” and “all means necessary” to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The statement comes a day after the North launched a rocket and missile into the sea, saying its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles are aimed at the US and South Korea.
China has conducted a series of nuclear and missile tests since 2006, and has stepped up its military activities to cope with Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.