The missile strikes on a Syrian airfield last week, ordered by President Trump, were widely seen as a warning to North Korean leader Kim Jung-on, who despite international pressure, has continued North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
The tension between the US and North Korea threatens to involve the entire region, and superpower China is now taking actions in preparation for a potential conflict.
President Trump has called upon the country to intervene and speak with Kim Jong-un’s regime. If China “does not decide to help,” as Trump said, the US “will solve the problem without them.”
According to a report from the Daily Mail:
The Chinese army has reportedly deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border to prepare for pre-emptive attacks after the United States dropped airstrikes on Syria.
President Donald Trump’s missile strike on Syria on Friday was widely interpreted as a warning to North Korea.
And now China, left shocked by the air strikes, has deployed medical and backup units from the People’s Liberation Army forces to the Yalu River, Korea’s Chosun.com reported.
China’s top nuclear envoy arrived in Seoul Monday for talks on the North Korean threat, as the United States sent the naval strike group to the region and signalled it may act to shut down Pyongyang’s weapons program.
Speculation of an imminent nuclear test is brewing as the North marks major anniversaries including the 105th birthday of its founding leader on Saturday – sometimes celebrated with a demonstration of military might.
General HR McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, told FOX News Sunday that North Korea was showing signs of intentionally “provocative behavior.”
“This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime. The president has asked to be prepared to give him a full range of options to remove that threat to the American people and to our allies and partners in the region,” he said.
In response to North Korea’s continued missile testing, the US has sent a fleet of ships into the area to monitor the situation. The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is leading the way. The Vinson is backed by the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer and the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain.
“This goes to prove that the U.S. reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase,” North Korea’s foreign ministry spokesman said. “The DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.”
“We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions. We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms.”