President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met just days ago to discuss a variety of topics including North Korea and trade issues. The meeting occurred in the immediate aftermath of U.S. airstrikes on a Syrian airfield for Bashar al-Assad’s heinous use of chemical gasses on his own civilians, killing and maiming at least 100 people, including many children.
On Monday, it was reported that Chinese troops are on the move, heading to the North Korean border to prepare for pre-emptive attacks on the hermit nation by the U.S. for its most recent escalation in provocative words and actions.
China has deployed medical and backup units from the People’s Liberation Army forces to the Yalu River to handle potential refugees and “unforeseen circumstances” Korea’s Chosun.com reported.
According to Daily Mail, the U.S. Navy has moved the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group from Singapore to North Korea after the country conducted more missile testing. Some sources say the rogue is less than two years away from successful development of its intercontinental ballistic missile program.
Trump and Xi Jinping discussed reigning in Pyongyang’s nuclear goals. Their meeting came on the heels of yet another missile test by the North, which fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday.
“(We) are prepared to chart our own course if this is something China is just unable to coordinate with us,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after the summit, adding that Beijing had indicated a willingness to act on the issue.
“We need to allow them time to take actions,” Tillerson said, adding that Washington had no intention of attempting to remove the regime of Kim Jong-Un.
According to Daily Mail:
US National Security Adviser HR McMaster on Sunday criticized North Korea as a rogue nation engaged in provocative behaviour and said denuclearisation of the peninsula “must happen”.
“The president has asked them to be prepared to give us a full range of options to remove that threat,” he said on Fox News, apparently referring to Trump’s advisers.
South Korea’s Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo said Monday the repercussions of a potential military response were worrying.
“Pre-emptive strikes may be aimed at resolving North Korea’s nuclear problems, but for us, it is also related to defending the safety of the public,” he told reporters.
While a US unilateral strike on North Korea from a shorter range might be more effective, it would likely endanger many civilians in the South and risk triggering a broader military conflict, experts warn.