China’s flag carrier, Air China, will no longer fly to Pyongyang as fears of a war between North Korea and the US rise.
North Korea’s northern neighbour is it’s closest ally and the last flight to Beijing arrived Friday.
It comes as major players have condemned the sabre-rattling between Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
The hermit nation is planning celebration for Supreme Leader Kim Il-sung, despite having died in 1994, this Sunday.
Many observers have linked these celebrations with a possible nuclear weapons test.
China has repeatedly condemned North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.
However the proximity, politically and geographically, means that many suspect China would have advance warning of a nuclear weapons’ test.
President Trump is thought to be considering a preemptive missile strike against North Korea if the tests went ahead.
The Korean peninsula has been on raised alert since Trump took office.
He has said if China does not reign their ally’s neighbour in he will involve America and has recently sent a U.S. aircraft carrier group to the region.
Yet war would bring ‘no winners’ according to Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi.
However the Americans have announced their ‘strategic patience’ is now at an end.
‘The Trump administration, which made a surprise guided cruise-missile strike on Syria on April 6, has entered the path of open threat and blackmail,’ the North’s KCNA news agency quoted the military as saying in a statement.
‘The army and people of the DPRK will as ever courageously counter those who encroach upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and will always mercilessly ravage all provocative options of the U.S. with Korean-style toughest counteraction.’
Any fighting on the Korean Peninsula is likely to draw in China, which has repeatedly expressed concerns about a wave of refugees and the possible presence of US and South Korean troops on its border.
Mr Wang added: ‘As long as dialogue takes place, it can be official or unofficial, through one channel or dual channels, bilateral or multilateral. China is willing to give support to all of them.’
Chinese experts said they see little immediate possibility of hostilities breaking out, but warned that Beijing will respond harshly to any further North Korean nuclear tests.
Travel to the northern nation of Korea is actually popular with ‘danger tourists‘ heading there.
More people visit North Korea than some Pacific nations and Turkmenistan in Central Asia.