Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pressured by Trump, it looks like China is going to do something about North Korea's nukes

 Business Insider            ALEX LOCKIE            April  11th 2017
After a Chinese envoy arrived in South Korea, the two sides have reportedly reached an agreement to take "strong action" against North Korea if nuclear and ballistic missile testing continues, according to VOA News.

Joel Witt, co-founder of 38 North, a website that brings together experts on North Korea, told Business Insider that the country's nuclear and ballistic missile progress has appeared to rapidly increase over the past year as the program reaches the point where it needs to be tested.

But with each test, North Korea gets closer to its goal of creating an intercontinental ballistic missile that can threaten the US mainland. US President Donald Trump's administration has been clear that they would take military action if need be to prevent this.

Trump, in an interview with the Financial Times before his meeting last week with Chinese President Xi Jinping said "if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will."

It remains to be seen if South Korea and China's vision of unacceptable behavior matches the US', as the US has signaled growing impatience with the Kim regime's nuclear posturing.
Now, with the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and strike group redirected to the Korean peninsula, South Korea and Chinese diplomats seem to have struck an agreement on handling the North Korean missile threat that does not involve a US strike.

North Korea reacted to the Vinson's deployment by calling it an "outrageous act" and saying it is "ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US."

While the US certainly sent a message with a recent salvo of 59 cruise missiles rocking a Syrian airbase, it faces far more limited options in striking North Korea, due to myriad nuclear and conventional missile launchers and a massive array of artillery that could effectively level Seoul, South Korea's capital of 10 million people.

Experts have told Business Insider that while China disapproves of North Korea's nuclear threats, it has a much deeper interest in preserving a North Korean state as a buffer against Western influences, and also fears a strong, united Korea complete with democracy and US military installations.
Furthermore, the Chinese appear to have been spooked by a recent deployment of advanced missile defenses to South Korea, which the US put in place after a particularly provocative missile test from the North.

Trump reportedly discussed the north Korean issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with the two reaffirming their commitment to denuclearizing the peninsula and adhering to all UN sanctions against the Hermit Kingdom.


  1. Good article PIC.
    It's about time China stepped up to the plate. According to my Chinese friend, the Chinese people are slow to anger and would prefer diplomatic means...but once their dander is up they can be formidable foes.
    If something happened to Kim I think his people would celebrate freedom from tyranny.
    Love you girl.

  2. Thank you so much my friend .
    Our Military has stepped up their forces .
    I think your Canadian is right about most , depends on what region a person was raised . We have quite a few Chinese living here a lot of them was born here and they are ready to take it to the enemy to keep them off America soil.
    As you know this nation was founded on brute force ... that means you shit or get off the pot .
    We do have an idiot in the WH and I wish we could put him and his family on the front line ... I bet the 'Great Orange one would sing a different tune .

    Love you back sweetie