I told China that North Korea is a 'menace'
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 21:34
"You never know, do you?"
Earlier this year, China called on both North Korea and the United States to tone down tension on the Korean Peninsula - North Korea by suspending its nuclear weapons program and the USA by stopping military exercises with South Korea that inflame the Pyongyang regime. Following a talk between him and Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday, Trump said China "wants to do the right thing".
He went on to say what North Korea said "isn't really a threat" because they can't act on it. Last year China exported $347 (£277) billion more in products to the USA than Americans sent to China.
Despite the suggestions that they might be working more closely together, China and the United States have very different views on the Korean peninsula. "Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier".
"We have the best military people on Earth".
On Saturday, U.S. forces announced that the USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was dispatched to a northern sea area in the western Pacific Ocean.
Trump had repeatedly called on China to do more to rein in its "unruly neighbour", which stepped up its missile development and nuclear weapons programme since 2016, reported CNN.
Xi called for a peaceful resolution to the tension.
North Korea warned Tuesday that it would defend itself against "reckless acts of aggression" after the US deployed an aircraft carrier strike group toward the Korean peninsula.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday that the two leaders had spoken by telephone, days after Trump sent the aircraft carrier-led strike group to the region in a show of force ahead of another possible nuclear test.
North Korea reacted angrily, saying it was "ready for war" and and accused the USA of a "reckless" provocation through its increased presence.
Speaking at an event in Tokyo Thursday, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said "North Korea's nuclear program is showing steady progress".
The news of China's intervention will be praised by USA president Donald Trump who has been pushing for the Asian superpower to take action against the North.
In the past North Korea's submarines have been able to disappear and avoid detection, with up to 50 vanishing off the radar in 2015.
SHOWY: A military parade in Pyongyang on October 10 a year ago marked the 70th anniversary of North Korea's ruling party.
"I think China can help us", he said.
Pre-emptive strikes on North Korea are not a priority or an objective for the new administration, according to a senior USA official. Mr. President and I have deepened our mutual understanding and established a good working relationship. "If not, we will solve the problem without them!" he added in a second note.