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China, America Need to Do More to Stop North Korea -- Gordon Chang

22 April 2017

US officials said there was a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bombers, signaling a possible heightened state of readiness by Beijing, reclusive North Korea's sole major ally, although the officials played down concern and left open a range of possible reasons.

When asked if he had ruled out some sort of military strike against North Korea, Trump said he did not wish to reveal his plans.

China on Wednesday put its land-attack, cruise-missile-capable bombers "on high alert" and the USA sees it as evidence that Beijing is preparing to respond to a potential situation in North Korea, a United States defense official told CNN.

The US has adopted a policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea.

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Such a contingency could include the risk of an armed conflict breaking out as tensions on the peninsula have risen in the wake of multiple North Korean missile tests. In remarks made from the State Department treaty room, Tillerson seemed to temper recently heated rhetoric about military confrontation with North Korea. "I mean, they were authentic, and drew people of all ages - so we know it wasn't Pepsi", Colbert guessed. Trump said later that he was dialing back his hard-line approach to China on trade because he was convinced of the Chinese leader's commitment to address the problem.

According to Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Programme at the Centre for a New American Security, the failure to bring down a missile would give North Korea a "psychological advantage".

Chang said that President Trump will also have to work with China, because China has deep ties to North Korea.

North Korea's deputy representative to the UN Kim In Ryong on Monday accused the United States of creating "a situation where nuclear war could break out at any time" and said Pyongyang's next nuclear test would take place "at a time and at a place where our headquarters deems necessary".

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"Whatever comes from the USA, we will cope with it".

North Korea's state-run newspaper on Thursday carried a threat by the regime to launch its own "super-mighty preemptive strike" that would devastate USA and South Korean forces on the peninsula.

In November a year ago, the United Nations restricted member states from importing North Korean coal on the basis that the $1 billion annual revenue may contribute to the DPRK's weapons programs. It blew up nearly immediately.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un follows in the footsteps of his father, Kim Jong Il, with his perpetual war of words against the West.

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China, America Need to Do More to Stop North Korea -- Gordon Chang