Beijing: A US official says military action against Syria would deter North Korea from using chemical weapons.
Under Secretary of Defence for Policy James Miller said on Tuesday that a retaliatory strike against the Syrian government would uphold the international norm that chemical weapons must not be used. Miller said he emphasized to his Chinese counterpart that lowering the threshold for chemical weapons use could put US troops at risk and threaten global security.
China opposes strikes on Syria by the US or its allies in response to an August 21 chemical attack near Damascus that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned that North Korea possesses a massive stockpile of chemical weapons that threatens South Korea and the 28,000 U.S. troops stationed there.