China's state media: We won't help North Korea if it attacks

Xavier Trudeau
Août 13, 2017

North Korea said it would complete plans by mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near the US Pacific island territory of Guam, after Trump said any threats by Pyongyang would be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

"He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before, what will happen in North Korea", Trump told reporters from the steps of his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., on Thursday.

"The decision of the North Atlantic Council [NATO's principal political decision-making body - TASS] is what would matter in any particular case", the official said.

He later spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who stressed the need for a peaceful resolution, Chinese TV said.

USA analysts said earlier this week said they believe North Korea has shrunk a nuclear weapon to fit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which it successfully launched in July. No, that's not a dare, as you say.

Trump issued another stern warning to Kim Jong Un, saying the North Korean leader would "truly regret" aggression against the US or its allies.

The President made the announcement on Twitter early Friday morning, saying that "military solutions are now fully in place. should North Korea act unwisely". He added that "hopefully" Kim will "find another path!" "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of US forces in South Korea to show they're always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula. In response to the tests, the United States and South Korea repeatedly fired surface-to-surface missiles into neutral waters close to Pyongyang.

He said: "We are with you a thousand percent". Friday's tweet follows several additional warnings from the president to the North Koreans. A war would be "catastrophic", he said.

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However, continued missile tests from North Korea including two Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles angered the west and Trump's initially warm embrace of China turned cold. North Korea has been increasingly sensitive to the exercises lately because they reportedly include training for "decapitation strikes" to kill Kim Jong Un and his top lieutenants.

North Korea said it was finalising a plan to fire medium-to-long-range rockets towards Guam, where U.S. strategic bombers are based, along with more than 160,000 USA citizens.

Japan has also assured its support for the island should an attack be imminent.

Yesterday, Trump signaled that he was purposefully trying to send a strong message to North Korea's Kim Jong-Il.

He also chided the North's closest ally, China, saying it could do "a lot more".

The South Korean official said member states of ARF reaffirmed it shared the common goal of the worldwide communities to "achieve a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea in a peaceful manner".

South Korea's presidential Blue House said in a statement on Saturday the United States and China were working to resolve the North Korea crisis.

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