Chinese President Xi calls for restraint over North Korea

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

In another move that could further fan the flames, satellite photos posted by defence expert Joseph Bermudez suggested that North Korea could be preparing for fresh submarine-based ballistic missile tests. But the editorial also warned that China would seek to stop the USA and South Korea from any effort at regime change in North Korea.

Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against the US. It also said that the two "reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that it's OK for an attack to be contained somewhere out there in the Pacific Ocean - assuming North Korea is serious about attacking the US territory of Guam.

The past week has seen the United States go from slapping sanctions onto North Korea to flat-out threatening to unleash hell in response to Pyongyang's refusal to stop testing ballistic missiles. DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more.

New United Nations sanctions condemning the North's rapidly developing nuclear program drew fresh ire and threats from Pyongyang.

Over the last week, Trump has issued stern warnings about the US response to North Korea, saying the United States will respond with "fire, fury and frankly power" to such threats.

Hours after Trump made his comments at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., North Korea said it was "examining" a strike on American forces on the Pacific island of Guam.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems to understand this dynamic, making clear that even as he spearheads greater pressures on the North Korea to change course, he is trying to leave them a pathway to do so: "diplomatically, you never like to have someone in a corner without a way for them to get out".

The rhetoric remains consistent with Trump's comments throughout the past week.

Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Saturday to do "everything, to the best of my ability", to protect his nation's people as tensions escalate over North Korea's plans to send missiles over Japan toward Guam.

Life on the streets of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, also remained calm. State-run media ensure that the population gets the North Korean side of the story, but don't convey any sense of global concern about the situation.

US officials painted the call as one of friendly agreement.

Guam's governor said there was no heightened threat but the government has issued a preparedness fact sheet, which covers what to do before, during and after a nuclear attack.

US President Donald Trump on Friday said in a tweet that the military option against North Korea was "locked and loaded".

"At the same time, if the U.S. strikes first and starts war on the Korean Peninsula, China and other countries, including Russia, Japan and South Korea, will be against it". Germany has also expressed alarm. I think you know the answer to that. "And I'll tell you this, it may be tougher than I said it, not less".

By evening, he seemed to have mellowed a bit.

Just a day earlier, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency said its army would complete plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near Guam.

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