- North Korea is provoking USA with its nuclear stunts, says Donald Trump.
- Peaceful resolve on the cards, but a major conflict between USA and North Korea seems to be unavoidable
North Korea has not only been bothering its neighbour China with its nuclear weapons trial, but has also alarmed the US as President Donald Trump warns of an impending issue with the country. Speaking to a popular media agency, Trump said that he would try to resolve the crisis peacefully, but has little hope of the outcome. New economic sanctions are on the card, but a major war can also not be ruled out if things spiral out of control.
US had asked China to rein control over the Pyongyang region, but later understood that it was beyond their capacity to combat the North Korean forces. Having said that President Trump heaped praises on Chinese President Xi Jinping for his efforts in resolving the issue from his side and said, "I believe he is trying very hard. I know he would like to be able to do something. Perhaps it's possible that he can't. But I think he'd like to be able to do something."
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, "We were told by the Chinese that they informed the regime that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be taking sanctions actions on their own." China has already banned import of North Korean coal and is planning to put a restriction on the oil shipments to the North if the latter did not pay attention to its warnings.
In the mean time, the US is gearing up its fronts at the South Korean docks to strike back at North Korea, if required. The US has already sent the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to join the USS Michigan, which is a nuclear submarine docked in South Korea. The South Korean forces too look forward to a joint drill with the US strike group.
Beijing, meanwhile, is unhappy with the US deployment of THAAD or the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, which, it suspects has access to the deep secrets of China. The instrument is also creating trouble for the South Korean front as US is asking the government here to pay for the installation, which amounts of $1 billion. Unhappy about the proposition, South Korea have refused to cough up the sum asking US to bear the costs instead, raising possibilities of a tension in the future.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:50 PM IST