A leading Chinese newspaper has urged Beijing to oppose North Korea's new self-proclaimed status as a nuclear power.
The Global Times, an English-language Chinese newspaper under the People's Daily, said in a June 2nd editorial . that any legalization of North Korea's possession of nuclear arms could threaten South Korea and Japan.
It also said the decision might prompt Taiwan to demand its own right to nuclear arms and even lead to a nuclear arms race in Northeast Asia.
The Global Times added that the most pressing issue at hand is preventing North Korea from conducting a nuclear test for the third time.