April 24, 2017

US wants China to take action to stop North Korea nuke tests

03 April 2017, 02:45 | Leonard Manning

US wants China to take action to stop North Korea nuke tests

The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson transits through the East China Sea with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Murasame-class destroyer JS Samidare

President Donald Trump said he's ready to take on North Korea, with or without Chinese help.

McFarland's estimate appeared more pessimistic than those of many experts, who say North Korea's ability to launch a nuclear missile at the USA mainland is at least years away.

It is, therefore, decision time for North Korea and its patron, China. However, 38 North also said Pyongyang understands the world is watching and the regime could attempt to manipulate reporting about its nuclear developments.

The United States wants China to prove it is really seeking to stop North Korea's nuclear testing with actions and President Donald Trump will be pressing Chinese President Xi Jinping on that when they meet in Florida next week, the US ambassador to the United States said Thursday.

On the campaign trail and since taking office, Trump has argued China is responsible for the continued nuclear proliferation in North Korea.

"I am not the United States of the past where we tell you where we are going to hit in the Middle East", Trump said.

While China does not want a new democracy on its doorstep, a North Korea more open to political and economic liberalization might be a constructive first step towards solving the North Korea problem for both China and the United States and its allies.

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"We hope that the events will proceed calmly and with order considering the state of inter-Korean relations", she said. The two are expected to discuss a number of issues, including North Korea, trade and territorial disputes in the South China Sea during their meeting on Thursday and Friday.

Concerns about North Korean nuclear and missile threats have deepened in the USA since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened in his New Year's Day address that the country is ready to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile apparently capable of reaching the U.S.

The article goes on to warn that North Korea's KMS-3 and KMS-4 satellites have been orbiting the USA "on trajectories consistent with surprise EMP attack".

Although the long-standing option of pre-emptive military strikes against North Korea is not off the table, the review gives priority to less-risky steps and "de-emphasizes direct military action", the official said.

Recent satellite imagery shows heightened activity around the North Portal of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. "Investors are unable to accurately project profit estimates when investing in North Korea, as the country does not follow global norms or the rule of law".

Late reports on Tuesday by worldwide observers indicated that possible preparations were underway at North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site - suggesting another may be coming soon. Because the rogue state just might feel it necessary to fire the first shot in what might be seen as an inevitable escalation towards military confrontation.

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