U.S. show of force to North Korea also could show USA weakness
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 15:47
US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, discussed North Korea over the phone on Wednesday, Chinese state media reported.
Xi spoke over phone to Trump as a United States aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson churned towards the Korean peninsula, raising regional tensions.
The suggestion of a new strategy, while not independently confirmed, comes at a time of heightened tension between Washington and Pyongyang, which has threatened nuclear war following President Donald Trump's decision over the weekend to send a USA carrier strike group to the waters off the Korean Peninsula. "I think he wants to help us with North Korea", Trump said during a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
On April 5, North Korea fired a ballistic missile off its east coast, following a March 6 firing of four ballistic missiles - three of them falling into Japan's exclusive economic zone.
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has doubled down on his North Korea threat, calling the country a "menace" and talking up the US's military might, as the Chinese call for calm.
The president made clear his hope that China will pressure its neighbor and close ally to stop its nuclear program.
The Global Times's editor, Hu Xijin, has said that he spends a lot of time with Chinese foreign ministry and security officials and that his newspaper can speak "willfully" in a way that government officials can't.
Despite the suggestions that they might be working more closely together, China and the United States have very different views on the Korean peninsula. "But I don't really feel fear yet", said Oh, a Seoul resident who would only give her last name. "He's making a big mistake", he said. Kim is likely to be undeterred to conduct tests because he has made nuclear weapons development a national priority, seeing them as a guarantee against USA -backed efforts that have toppled authoritarian governments in Iraq, Libya and elsewhere.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump said that if China refused to help, "we will solve the problem without them!"
All of these developments are taking place with a broader context of fast-mounting concern about North Korean technological progress in the area of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and long-range delivery systems.
Sanctions on Chinese companies that violate North Korea-related United Nations sanction resolutions should not be a problem for China if it is going to fully implement measures that are contained in the various UN resolutions.
If China is unable or unwilling to "help" according to the US preferences, Mr. Trump's "armada" parade of a potential military solution will lead to disastrous consequences.
Japan and the US have discussed the North Korean threat at all levels of government. "It wants to avoid a situation where North Korea is driven to the brink economically and takes extreme action, leading to a wave of refugees trying to enter China". "Very powerful." And he said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, "is doing the wrong thing".
Washington now views the threat as one against the US itself, as North Korea's nuclear and missile programs approach the capacity to reach the USA mainland.
And Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of US forces in South Korea, decided not to come to Washington for congressional hearings this month, his office said Tuesday, suggesting he had to stay for a potentially hazardous situation under his command.
"North Korea is looking for trouble".
Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula on the phone Tuesday night, U.S. time.
But the Chinese seem to have been spooked by the deployment of a high-tech U.S. missile-defense battery to South Korea, reportedly because of its advanced radar capabilities.