After the meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in which several topics were discussed, the China and the world was shocked by Trump’s Syrian missile attack. Everyone also took notice as Trump and his military deployed the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group from Singapore to North Korea. In a direct response to the rising tensions, China has now taken defensive steps as well.
Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, according to a DoD press release on April 10th, directed the Carl Vinson Strike Group to sail north and report on station in the Western Pacific Ocean after departing Singapore April 8. The Carl Vinson Strike Group, including the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, guided missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy, and guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, will operate in the Western Pacific rather than executing previously planned port visits to Australia. However, balancing the available military options with the potential of retaliation from North Korea presents a complicated scenario and a delicate balancing act for President Trump, Secretary Tillerson, and DoD.
China as North Korea’s closest ally has pressed the U.S. on many occasions to consider sanctions and cautioned patience. It also for what little it was worth “sanctioned” their coal trade for a time in conjunction with other countries.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday on Face The Nation that Beijing understands how dangerous North Korea’s nuclear program has become and agrees action must be taken to stop it. The Chinese, even themselves, have said that they do not believe the conditions are right today to engage in discussions with the government in Pyongyang. Tillerson commented, “so what I think we’re hopeful is that we can work together with the Chinese to change the conditions in the minds of– of the DPRK leadership.”
According to the Korean online news site Chosun.com, China moved about 100,000 troops to the Yalu River area bordering North Korea. The military being deployed was said to have been divided between military and medical teams to prepare and train for unforeseen circumstances. The Chinese submarines and submarine units were also put on alert at the North Korean border. Additional “policing” planes have also been deployed along the border as well.
China’s top nuclear envoy arrived in Seoul Monday for talks on the North Korean threat, as the United States sent the naval strike group to the region and signalled it may act to shut down Pyongyang’s weapons program. Speculation is found in the Korean article that this is in anticipation of the North Korean leadership being removed and the weapons of mass destruction destroyed.
According to UK Daily Mail.com, Wu Dawei, China’s Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs, met with his South Korean counterpart on Monday to discuss the nuclear issue.
Tillerson commented that the US is prepared to give Beijing time to work on the issue. He added that Washington had no intention of attempting to remove the regime of Kim Jong-Un according to the Daily Mail article.
Apparently Kim Jong-un didn’t take the hint though and issued further warnings yesterday according to KTLA 5. North Korea warned Monday it would respond to “reckless acts of aggression” by the United States, with “whatever methods the U.S. wants to take,” as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group headed toward the Korean Peninsula.
- “According to a statement provided to CNN by officials in Pyongyang, the “current grim situation” justifies Pyongyang’s “self-defensive and pre-emptive strike capabilities with the nuclear force at the core.”
- “We will make the U.S. fully accountable for the catastrophic consequences that may be brought about by its high-handed and outrageous acts,” the statement said.”
The world is fast whirling out of control. At this point, removing the North Korean threat might also calm some of the Syrian problems. North Korea, Syria, and Iran have been trading in chemical and nuclear weapons parts and technology since the 1970’s during the first Assad’s presidency. It was also believed by the UN and others over the years that North Korea had been working with Syria in particular to build chemical warfare plants and specialized parts nuclear plants within Syria as well as supplying materials needed in that endeavor. Supposedly while the current Assad worked with the UN to under an agreement, many of the stockpile chemical weapons had been destroyed as the UN reported. Kerry and the Obama administration went to great lengths to reassure the US that this had been completed and that all weapons had been destroyed. However, later evaluations were highly skeptical and critical of this having been done given the close ties between North Korea, Iran, and Syria.
Assad went to great lengths to refute his use of such chemicals and that in fact factions of the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS were actually responsible while trying to lay the blame on Syria so that the western world would attack and remove Assad for their own purposes. Claims and counter claims continue to muddy the waters making it difficult to get to the bottom of the whole mess going on there.
What is evident though and has proof to back it is that North Korea has its own stockpile of nuclear and chemical weaponry. They have been collaborating and trading with Syria for a long time so of course would back anything that Syria or Iran said. Someone somewhere has also been supplying them with the specialized steel and parts needed to build the item delivery missiles. Many speculate it is Russia or China through their sources.
Whatever or whomever, it is obvious that Trump’s administration as well as Congress needs their “A+” game and big boy pants to see us through these perilous times if we hope to dodge war. Obama set the stage not just stripping our treasury but by deliberately backing those around the world who mean us harm. The Democrats, communists, globalists, and liberals are deliberately egging on the run to and over the cliff, not just our own but the entire world’s.