He said: “It is a highly dangerous period.
“China should mobilise its defences for war.”
Mr Wang was backed by China’s executive-level State Council cabinet advisor Shi Yinhong who stated that “North Korea is a time bomb”.
“Conditions on the peninsula now make for the biggest risk of a war in decades.”
Shi Yinhong explained that the time for preventing an all-out war with Kim Jong-un has passed.
However, Chinese foreign ministry senior fellow Yang Xiyu believes China’s grip on the situation is slipping, citing the country as having “no control on the issue”.
He stated: “No matter whether there is war or peace, regretfully, China has no control, dominance or even a voice on the issue.”
He continued: “Why do we always act like ostriches?
“Why do we always believe a war won’t occur?”
Dr James Brown said: “President Putin really gave quite strong criticism of the US position, indeed saying that the US had provoked North Korea’s actions. Many people are coming around to the view that that’s essentially correct.
“US policy of maximum pressure on North Korea has clearly not led to the results they were looking for.
“Instead, North Korea has been incentivised to try and gain full nuclear capabilities as quickly as possible.
“It’s difficult to know the exact US position, because there’s been a lack of clarity on this. But this does seem to indicate that the White House is willing to cooperate on the issue, and it may even be coming around to Russia’s position.”