Peaceful Resolution of North Korea Tension Seen
Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a peaceful resolution of rising tension on the Korean Peninsula in a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump Wednesday.
President Trump’s call with President Xi, just days after they met in the United States, came as a state-run Chinese newspaper warned that the Korean Peninsula was the closest it has been to a “military clash” since North Korea’s 1st nuclear test in Y 2006.
The talks between the 2 world leaders underscores the sense of urgency as tension escalates amid concern that reclusive North Korea could soon conduct a another nuclear test, or more missile launches, and President Trump’s threat of unilateral action to solve the problem.
President Trump had ordered the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to head to the Korean Peninsula in an attempt to deter North Korea’s nuclear and long-range missile ambitions, which it is developing in defiance of UN resolutions and sanctions.
President Trump Tweeted Tuesday that North Korea was “looking for trouble” and the United States would “solve the problem” with or without China’s help.
In their telephone call, Xi stressed that China “is committed to the target of denuclearisation on the Peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula, and advocates resolving problems through peaceful means”, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, said President Trump had initiated the call, and urged everyone to lower the tension.
“We hope that the relevant parties do not adopt irresponsible actions. Under the current circumstances, this is very dangerous,” Lu told reporters at a regular press briefing.
China’s Global Times said in an editorial North Korea should halt any plan for nuclear and missile activities “for its own security”. While widely read in China and run by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, the Global Times does not represent government policy.
The newspaper noted President Trump’s recent decision to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield in response to a deadly gas attack last week.
“Not only is Washington brimming with confidence and arrogance following the missile attacks on Syria, but Trump is also willing to be regarded as a man who honours his promises,” it said.
“The U.S. is making up its mind to stop the North from conducting further nuclear tests. It does not plan to co-exist with a nuclear-armed Pyongyang,” it said.
“Pyongyang should avoid making mistakes at this time.”
The Global Times said if North Korea made another provocative move, “Chinese Society” might be willing to back unprecedented sanctions, “such as restricting Crude Oil imports”.
North Korea depends on China for 80% of its trade and a huge part of its economy.
North Korean state media warned Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression.
North Korea remains technically at war with the United States and its ally South Korea after the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended in a truce, not a Peace Treaty. It regularly threatens to destroy both countries.