N. Korea leader oversees special forces op as tensions soar

Tensions are high on the divided peninsula.

Besides its apparent troop buildup, China also seems willing to apply pressure to the Kim regime in other ways. -South Korea war games, which it sees as an invasion rehearsal, and justifies its nuclear weapons as defensive in nature.

The threat carries extra weight after the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base last week. It tested a newly developed intermediate-range missile past year.

"The call basically rules out the possibility of a military attack by the USA", said Dingding Chen, an worldwide relations professor at Jinan University in Guangzhou. A similar decision was made amid tensions in 2013.

The Trump administration's actions in recent weeks have given observers the distinct impression that the US might launch a pre-emptive assault on North Korea.

China's state-run broadcaster CCTV reported that Xi and Trump held a phone conversation Wednesday morning Asia time to discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula and other matters of bilateral concern, five days after their summit last week.

The paper, which does not represent government policy but often reflects the thinking of Chinese officials, said Beijing would support limiting oil exports if Pyongyang conducted a nuclear test. "China isn't really as influential as all that", he said.

Donald Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the telephone to discuss the escalating tensions between the USA and North Korea.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at Mar-a-Lago after a bilateral meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017.

A close relationship between Syria and North Korea is far from new. Leaders have in the past used the date to carry out weapons tests. The order was issued during Xi's visit.

"As soon as North Korea complies with China's declared advice and suspends nuclear activities". Although he was upbeat about the exchange, he stressed that the United States was prepared to tackle the North Korean crisis without China's help, if necessary.

"Xi Jinping stressed that China insists on realizing the goal of denuclearization of the peninsula, insists on maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula, advocates resolving the problem through peaceful means and is willing to maintain communication and coordination with the USA side on the issue of the peninsula", the paper wrote.

Pyongyang is always extremely sensitive to the annual U.S.

The Pentagon redirected a Navy strike group towards the Korean Peninsula this weekend, amid fears Pyongyang is preparing for a ballistic missile launch or its sixth nuclear test. The Carl Vinson took part last month in the ongoing U.S. It has significantly turned up the volume of its rhetoric that war could be on the horizon if it sees any signs of aggression from south of the Demilitarized Zone.

The US dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson after the latest missile test by North Korea last week, drawing a forceful warning from Pyongyang. North Korea has threatened that if the USA launches a preemptive strike, it will use its nuclear weapons.

  • Zachary Reyes