North Korea war threat: China phones Trump seeking peaceful solution

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

Russia 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, Russian media quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying. It's widely believed that another launch or even a nuclear test is imminent as North Korea continues to build its nuclear program.

A United States naval strike force - led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson - cancelled a planned trip to Australia and instead set off for the Korean peninsula from Singapore last Saturday.

China's substituted its Korean coking coal with USA -produced coal.

The United States has sent the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group again toward the Korean Peninsula in an apparent effort to counter North Korea's threats.

The ships will take part in joint exercises with the Japanese Navy in what national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster called a "prudent" measure. "He's making a big mistake".

Observers said the frequent exchanges between the two presidents indicated that tensions on the Korean Peninsula were on the rise, but that there were limited options for China.

North Korea has warned of a nuclear attack on the USA in retaliation for any signs of aggression, a threat that has been made numerous times before. "They want to rein in (leader) Kim Jong-un", he said.

"It is possible the North may wage greater provocations such as a nuclear test timed with various anniversaries including the Supreme People's Assembly", said South Korean acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn. The North is technically at war with the United States and south Korea after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce and not a peace treaty. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you.

Add to this the fact that China is North Korea's closest ally.

"I said, 'The way you're going to make a good trade deal is to help us with North Korea".

Rather than the yuan being too weak, the USA currency has appreciated due to confidence in the economy, Trump said, taking credit for the development.

President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago family-owned estate in Florida on Thursday.

Zhang Huizhi, an worldwide relations professor from Jilin University, said China was unlikely to accept Trump's offer to act tougher on North Korea in exchange for a U.S. trade deal.

Trump and Xi met on Thursday and Friday at the USA leader's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida - their first face-to-face talks, aimed at breaking the ice between the leaders of the world's top two economies.

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