North Korea has been antagonizing the West for several weeks, testing nuclear missiles, threatening the United States, and on Tuesday, they even fired off several rounds from their artillery cannons.
While China has long backed North Korea and served as a sort-of mentor to them, they have reached the end of their ropes and appear ready to let the dominoes fall.
According to reports, North Korea may try and test another nuclear weapon in the coming weeks, something China has condemned.
A recent editorial by the “Global Times” suggests that China may let the United States take action against North Korea.
“The game of chicken between Washington and Pyongyang has come to a breaking point. If North Korea carries out a sixth nuclear test as expected, it is more likely than ever that the situation will cross the point of no return. All stakeholders will bear the consequences, with Pyongyang sure to suffer the greatest losses,” the editorial read.
“Once the US launched surgical strikes against North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities, the Pyongyang regime will be forced to make a life-or-death decision. By then, if North Korea does not resort to strategic retaliation, its deterrence will lose ground and Washington will play it like a fiddle,” stated the article.
Conservative Tribune reports:
China has already taken unprecedented action to show its displeasure with North Korea, such as turning away coal shipments from the country.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that he wants the Chinese to do more to stop North Korea, but that if they are unwilling to help him, he is willing to go it alone against North Korea.
The article went on to say that China must push North Korea to step down and accept its place in the world.
“Yet given North Korea’s current national strength as well as its peculiar geopolitical circumstances, it must learn how to be flexible as well as resolute. Taking a small step back will make a conflict easier to solve. This does not mean being a coward, but being courageous to face the challenge in a different way.
“The North Korea nuclear issue is like a puzzle filled with bombs. Pyongyang must not strike a match and detonate it. What it needs is big wisdom to realize a soft landing.”
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