An increased fear of conflict is causing China to be on edge, regarding all the newfound tension that is coming from North Korea. If a war broke out, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warns that there would be no winner.
The United States is also concerned regarding the development of nuclear weapons and has deployed a Navy Carrier group to guard the peninsula coast. China seems to be wary of this resolution, trying to remain an uninvolved neutral party, and going so far as to reprimand the United States “to refrain from provoking and threatening… in words or actions” saying that such decisions would result in a “irreversible and unmanageable stage”
Not to worry though, President Donald Trump said that protecting the people is not entirely dependent on China, and that the United States is not afraid to act alone. “If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”
The US president has recently demonstrated his willingness to resort to military methods. He ordered a cruise missile attack on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack, and the US military just used a huge bomb against so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan. Washington is concerned North Korea might develop the ability to launch a nuclear weapon at the US.
Mr Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping have been in contact by phone since their summit last week in Florida, and Reuters quotes US officials as saying tougher economic sanctions against North Korea are also being considered. China is concerned any conflict could lead to a huge refugee problem on its border with North Korea. But, in a sign of growing frustration with its neighbour, it recently blocked coal imports from the North.
There is also intense speculation that North Korea could carry out a sixth nuclear bomb test or another missile launch – possibly a long-range missile – on Saturday. Saturday marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of its first leader, Kim Il-sung.