China stresses dialogue to resolve Korean Peninsula issue
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 16:18
During a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday, he praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for working hard to increase pressure on Pyongyang, citing Beijing's decision to return coal imports from North Korea as an example. "It's a menace. So we'll see what happens", Trump said.
Buffeted by the currents of diplomacy, South Korea is sometimes described as a "shrimp between two whales", and U.S. president Donald Trump has touched nerves with remarks that the peninsula "used to be part of China".
"If we notice any sign of assault on our sovereignty, our army will launch merciless military strikes against the U.S. aggressors, wherever they may exist, from the remote United States lands to the American military bases on the Korean Peninsula, such as those of Japan and elsewhere".
A senior Trump administration official told CNN: "Nobody thinks the Chinese are going to press North Korea militarily or bring the regime to its knees, but the strategy looks to China to find a political solution more than anything else".
The move was swiftly denied by Beijing.
The non-binding statement was significant due in part to the support of China, North Korea's closest ally.
In a tweet following that meeting, Trump said he would offer trade concessions to China for help solving diplomatic problems with North Korea.Vice President Mike Pence has been on a trip to the region this week and made similar calls on American Asian allies to twist the screws on North Korea. It is unclear whether the restriction on fuel supply is a move by Beijing to prevent that from happening.
The North Korean committee spokesman also said Pyongyang has "all options available", ranging from "weapons of mass destruction, such as the hydrogen bomb", to "intercontinental ballistic missiles".
Bishop's comments prompted the North Korean foreign ministry to launch a direct attack, which was broadcast on the Korean Central News Agency on Friday: "What she uttered can never be pardoned as it is an act against peace that patronizes and shields the USA extreme hostile policy toward the DPRK".
The charges came via a report by Pyongyang's official media outlet, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), entitled "U.S".
A video published by local news site DVHab.ru showed a train carrying 12 tracked vehicles, including Tor surface to air missile systems, travelling through Khabarovsk in the direction of Vladivostok.
Last week, China positioned 150,000 troops along their border with North Korea, as well as sending a fleet of fully-loaded cargo ships destined for North Korea back home.
"People aren't exactly scared, but it is definitely something always on the mind of South Koreans", he said.
North Korea marks the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army on Tuesday, an important anniversary that comes at the end of major winter military drills, South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Duk Haeng said.
"We are closely watching the situation", he said, adding that South Korea would not let its guard down.