With the Navy’s USS Carl Vinson patrolling the waters of the Korean Peninsula — preparing to conduct joint military drills with South Korea in a huge show of force — Chinese President Xi Jinping called President Trump on Wednesday to tell him that Beijing wants to work with him on putting an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and they want this to come about through peaceful means.
“China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula.” said Xi. “China is willing to maintain communication and coordination with the American side over the issue on the peninsula.”
Xi made the call after Trump tweeted on Tuesday that North Korea “is looking for trouble” and promised that the U.S. would do whatever it takes to get Kim Jong-Un’s regime under control with or without the help of China.
“I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!” Trump tweeted.
Trump’s second tweet said: “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”
As North Korea’s biggest economic partner, the U.S. has called on China to use their leverage to force the Communist country to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
Acting in full compliance with sanctions enacted under U.N. Security Council resolutions, China also took further steps in February when they stopped importing coal from North Korea, thus cutting off a major source of foreign currency for Kim.
Concerned about a possible flood of North Korean refugees coming across its border, Beijing hasn’t been eager to bring about a collapse of the North Korean regime, because the act could destabilize northeast Asia and result in a U.S.-friendly government taking power in Pyongyang, according to a report from Fox News.
A series of ballistic missile tests conducted by Kim has stoked fears that the regime’s nuclear program is moving forward.
The word from Pyongyang on Monday was that it would “hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences” should there be any U.S. military action in the area of the Korean Peninsula.
News reports on Tuesday said that there was activity apparently taking place at a North Korean nuclear test site just prior to the April 15th anniversary of North Korea’s founding.
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