US, N Korea Military Confrontation Looms for April 15

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

North Korean state media issued a warning to the U.S. Tuesday, stating that the country will utilize its nuclear capabilities at any sign of U.S. aggression. China imported more than 400,000 tons of US coal in February.

"I think our dollar is getting too strong, and partially that's my fault because people have confidence in me", he said.

The President has also sent a US Navy strike group to the Korean peninsula in a bid to maintain peace in the region.

"A trade war with the US would affect the Chinese economy badly, and a military clash on the Korean peninsula would trigger a political crisis in China and put the leadership under challenge from inside the Party", Zhang said. That the United States has already begun deploying the THAAD anti-missile defence system in South Korea shows that Washington is preparing for all possible contingencies.

The US-based monitoring group 38 North on Thursday said that the satellite images from the North's Punggye-ri site showed it was "primed and ready" for what would be the country's sixth nuclear test since 2006, The Guardian reports. The vast amount of coal that comes out of North Korea going to China.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday it was "irresponsible and even risky to take any actions that may escalate the tension". "And, as I said, I really think that China is going to try very hard, and has already started", Trump said. "... If conducted by Pyongyang at this time, will be a slap in the face of the United States government and will intensify the confrontation between North Korea and the US".

"There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council", Trump said. It doesn't plan to co-exist with a nuclear-armed Pyongyang. "If the North makes another provocative move this month, the Chinese society will be willing to see the UNSC adopt severe restrictive measures that have never been seen before, such as restricting oil imports to the North. Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme is intended for securing the regime, however, it is reaching a tipping point".

Despite the suggestions they might be working more closely together, China and the United States have different views on the Korean Peninsula.

And in one of the sharpest reverses of his presidency, Trump backed off from a campaign pledge by saying he would not declare China to be a currency manipulator, an action that could have led to higher tariffs on Chinese goods.

Trump said he had offered Xi a "good trade deal" if Beijing would help with North Korea.

"North Korea is now just about the world's most isolated country, it is already totally blocked-off", the paper said.

Ruan Zongze, vice-president and senior research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies termed the situation in the Korean Peninsula as "severe".

"(Both are) waiting for the other to blink and you can imagine from China's risk-averse perspective that could end very badly", he said.

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