I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!
Growing citizen reports indicated today that China is preparing for trouble across its 1420km border with North Korea – its partially-estranged ally – by deploying troops.
Social media claims were given some added credence by an unusual online story in the Global Times that sourced entirely from South Korea’s Yonhap newsagency its information about 150,000 extra Chinese troops being sent to the border region.
China’s more mainstream media, usually led by state newsagency Xinhua, has not reported on this deployment.
China has deployed medical and backup units from the People’s Liberation Army (pictured above) forces to the Yalu River following President Donald Trump’s missile strikes on Syria last week
A resident of the border area who did not wish to be named told The Australian that “we are hoping that the social media rumours of soldiers coming are true, for our safety.”
The resident said that “the atmosphere around the Yalu River” which flows along the border “remains relaxed, there are still many tourists here.”
South Korea’s Chosun.com had reported that medical and other units were being deployed by China to handle North Korean refugees and be ready for the after-effects of “unforeseen circumstances” such as a pre-emptive US strike on North Korea.
A South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman said that any action would be taken on the basis of “close collaboration between South Korea and the US,” and said that people should not be misled by online rumours of an “April crisis on the peninsula.”
Posting on Twitter tonight, US President Donald Trump said:
“If China decides to help, that would be great”.
The often strongly nationalist Global Times warned earlier, in an editorial in its Chinese language edition, that “North Korea should not misjudge the situation at this crucial moment, it should not venture to take more risks by thinking a sixth nuclear test will lead to nothing as did the previous five. If it does so, responses from both
Beijing and Washington might be unprecedented, even becoming a ‘turning point’.”
Late today it was also reported that Beijing had turned back a dozen North Korean coal-carrying cargo ships that had been en route to Chinese ports – in order to abide by UN sanctions.
EARLIER: North Korea threatening ‘whole world’
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has again urged China to exercise its “undoubted influence” over the North Korean regime, to urge it to pull back as tensions in the area heat up.
America has sent an aircraft carrier loaded with fighter jets towards the hermit nation, and the North Koreans have responded by warning they’re ready for war.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is ‘ready for war’
“The reckless and dangerous conduct of the North Korean regime is threatening peace and stability not just in the region but the whole world,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday.
“We continue to call on China to exercise the undoubted influence it has over the North Korean regime to pull it back from further reckless conduct.”
He discussed a wide range of regional security issues with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi when they met on Monday.
Australia and other UN countries continue to apply sanctions to North Korea.
NKorea ‘ready to react’ to US
North Korea is vowing tough counteraction to any military moves that might follow the US move to send the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its battle group to waters off the Korean Peninsula.
The statement from Pyongyang comes as tensions on the divided peninsula are high because of US-South Korea war-games now underway and recent ballistic missile launches by the North. Pyongyang sees the annual manoeuvres as a dress rehearsal for invasion, while the North’s missile launches violate UN resolutions.
“We will hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions,” a spokesman for its Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency today.
The statement comes just after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said US missile strikes against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack carry a message for any nation operating outside of international norms. He didn’t specify North Korea, but the context was clear enough.
“If you violate international agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken,” Mr Tillerson told ABC’s “This Week.”
The North has long claimed the US is preparing some kind of assault against it and justifies its nuclear weapons as defensive in nature.
“This goes to prove that the US reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase of its scenario,” the North’s statement said. “If the US dares opt for a military action, crying out for ‘pre-emptive attack’ and ‘removal of the headquarters,’ the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US.”
North Korea’s formal name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. US Navy ships are a common presence in the Korean region and are in part a show of force. On Saturday night, the Pentagon said a Navy carrier strike group was moving toward the western Pacific Ocean to provide more of a physical presence in the region.
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, described the decision to send the carrier group as “prudent.”
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