Trump says prepared to take on North Korea without China if needed
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 14:56
"China has reportedly urged the United States for a peaceful solution to the North Korean problem and an editorial from its State-owned Global Times has warned North Korea that China would act unilaterally and with force if Korea's impending sixth nuclear test endangers its bordering regions in the North East".
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for a peaceful resolution to rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.
American warships including the USS Carl Vinson were redirected toward the Korean Peninsula over the weekend, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that last week's unilateral airstrikes on Syria were a message to Pyongyang that "if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken".
Regarding the USA navy strike force's arrival in the western Pacific, Lu said: "We hope all parties will refrain from irresponsible actions that would be very unsafe at the moment".
Solve the problem in North Korea.
Officials from the North, including leader Kim Jong Un, have indicated an intercontinental ballistic missile test or something similar could be coming.
United States television networks and some newspapers have been invited to report on a military show in the capital, Pyongyang, this weekend. It also comes after reports that China has halted coal imports from North Korea and is even sending received coal back to the North. Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
"China, too, can no longer stand the continuous escalation of the North Korean nuclear issue at its doorstep", the editorial said.
The newspaper called on Pyongyang to avoid a "head-on collision" with Trump by suspending its provocative activities.
North Korean officials have given no clues as to the nature of the "surprise event" or where it would take place.
Check out the whole North Korea/China segment of the interview above.
President Trump also underscored the importance of close cooperation between Washington and Beijing.
Russian Federation has said it is anxious about the possibility of a US attack on North Korea and it would raise the issue with visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday at a regular briefing in Beijing that it was a "good thing" that the two leaders were in touch again days after meeting in Florida.
"We don't know the real content of the conversation", said Cheng Xiaohe, an associate professor of worldwide relations at Renmin University. "China used to be in a passive mode".