In a Powdered Wig article published yesterday, I found it stunning and very hopeful that reports from China are that they are abandoning their longtime ally North Korea in favor of the US, and aim to help in ending the Hermit Kingdom’s nuclear program.
This appears to be a green light for the US/Japanese/South Korean naval strike force on its way to the East China Sea to engage North Korea should Kim Jong Un disregard the message to abandon his scheduled nuclear test. That message comes from both the United States and China.
This is likely the greatest achievement of President Trump’s young presidency and attests to brilliant behind-the-scenes diplomacy by the President and his staff, especially his State Department.
China issued a blunt warning to North Korea on Wednesday — telling its belligerent ally to not conduct nuclear weapons or missile tests, or it was likely to face military action by the US, reports the New York Post.
“Not only [is] Washington brimming with confidence and arrogance following the missile attacks on Syria, but Trump is also willing to be regarded as a man who honors his promises,” said the People’s Daily, the ruling Communist Party’s official paper.
North Korea should halt any plans for nuclear and missile tests “for its own security,” the newspaper said, making it clear that the US would not “co-exist” with a nuclear-armed Pyongyang.
North Korean state media threatened a nuke attack on America at any sign of aggression, as a US Navy aircraft carrier and several destroyers and cruisers steamed toward the Korean Peninsula — a force which President Trump described as an “armada.”
Trump, who has pressured China to do more to rein in its belligerent ally, said in a tweet that North Korea was “looking for trouble” and that the US would “solve the problem” with or without Beijing’s help.
The Korean Peninsula has not been so close to a “military clash” since the North conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, the paper said.
“The US is making up its mind to stop the North from conducting further nuclear tests. It doesn’t plan to co-exist with a nuclear-armed Pyongyang. Pyongyang should avoid making mistakes at this time,” the paper said.
“If the North makes another provocative move this month, the Chinese society will be willing to see the [UN Security Council] adopt severe restrictive measures that have never been seen before, such as restricting oil imports to the North,” the paper said.
Meanwhile, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Trump spoke by phone Wednesday about the rising tensions with North Korea.
The call, reported by China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, came hours after Trump’s warning tweet.
Team Trump arranged the call, in which Xi said the dispute should be settled peacefully, state news agency Xinhua reported.
But tension mounted after Japan announced that its own naval vessels would join the American ships, which are led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.
North Korea on Saturday will the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, founder of the nation and grandfather of the country’s current nutjob leader, Kim Jong Un.
Various reports said Kim planned to mark the occasion by testing another nuke or missile as a show of force.
Xi told Trump he was willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program during the phone call.