US, China warn against North Korean nuclear threats

  • Elisabeth Gheorghe
  • 14.4.2017 10:19

Amid simmering tensions on the Korean peninsula, Chinese outlet Global Times reported on 11 April that 150,000 Chinese troops had been stationed along its North Korean border, allegedly in addressing reservations that a sixth North Korean nuclear test would be conducted on 15 April, a North Korean holiday that commemorates the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung. Beijing denied the reports on 12 April, urging dialogue over military force, while a Global Times editorial advised the North to cease its nuclear agenda in return for Chinese protection.

Washington recently dispatched a Singapore-based aircraft carrier group towards North Korean waters, intended to discourage the North from further activity and remains obliged to shield South Korea, which hosts ca. 30,000 US troops. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced North Korean prospects of delivering sarin gas-tipped warheads. After the TPP’s demise exacerbated US-Asia-Pacific relations, Washington’s move could play regional US allies into Chinese hands. UN-sanctioned North Korea regularly threatens with nuclear arsenal. US intelligence officers said on April 13 that the U.S. is ready to launch a preventive strike against North Korea if it was about to test a nuclear weapon.

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