North Korea has been pushing buttons all over. The United States President Donald Trump has said that although a diplomatic solution is the ultimate goal, there is a chance of a “major, major conflict” if their conduct continues.
President Trump continued by saying, “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”
The first attempt to control the unstable country will first be through economic sanctions, although military options are not off the table just yet.
North Korea has been developing ballistic and nuclear missile programs. China has been worried that the situation in the Korean Peninsula may slip out of control.
Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister, has said that this is a dangerous situation that could escalate quickly and slip out of control.
The Chinese are currently the only major ally of North Korea, which is making this situation highly toxic for their alliance. They are not happy with their neighbors development of nuclear weapons and long range missiles, which are in direct violation with resolutions by the United Nations.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that China had asked North Korea not to conduct any more nuclear tests. Beijing had warned Pyongyang it would impose unilateral sanctions if it went ahead, he added. Tillerson did not say when China made the threat. He is due to chair a meeting with U.N Security Council foreign ministers on Friday, where he said he would stress the need for members to fully implement existing sanctions as well as possible next steps.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, asked about Tillerson’s remarks, would not say what actions China might take if there were a new nuclear test and would not comment directly on what Tillerson had said. “We oppose any behaviour that goes against Security Council resolutions. I think this position is very clear. This is what we have told the United States. I think North Korea is also very clear about this position,” Geng told reporters.
China banned imports of North Korean coal in February, cutting off its most important export, and Chinese media this month raised the possibility of restricting oil shipments to the North if it unleashed more provocations. Geng said Friday’s UN meeting should not fixate on new sanctions. “If the meeting only focuses on increasing sanctions and pressure, I think this will not only lose a rare opportunity, it may also exacerbate the confrontation between all sides and may damage efforts to promote peace and talks,” he said.