Amid rising tension between North Korea and the United States as the world is in the verge to witness a possible nuclear war, the White House today said that US President Donald trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinping has mutually agreed to the need to denuclearise the Kim Jong Un ruled country. Even as China remain the closest ally of the Korean peninsula, Presidents of both US and China stay convinced that Pyongyang must refrain from its provocative behaviour towards US.
Following Kim’s recent threat to fire missiles at US island territory Guam, US and Chinese leaders spoke over phone to discuss the escalating tension that poses the threat of a massive global impact. The White House has confirmed that the two leaders had affirmed that the new adaptation of the new United Nations Security Council regarding North korea was a necessary step towards achieving peace in the Korean Peninsula.
As reported by India Today, the White House said, “President Trump and President Xi agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behaviour. Trump looks forward to seeing President Xi in China later this year, a meeting that will be a very historic event. The relationship between the two Presidents is an extremely close one, and will hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem.”
Earlier yesterday, a state-run Chinese media claimed that if US launches attack on North Korea, China will be stopping them. As reported by ANI, an opinion piece in the Global Times mentioned, “If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.”
However, the opinion piece has also mentioned that Beijing will stay neutral if North Korea launches missile attack on US first and the United States retaliates.
“China opposes both nuclear proliferation and the war on the Korean Peninsula. It will not encourage any side to stir up military conflict, and will firmly resist any side which wants to change the status quo of the areas where China’s interests are concerned. It is hoped that both Washington and Pyongyang can exercise restraint. The Korean Peninsula is where the strategic interests of all sides converge, and no side should try to be the absolute dominator of the region,” mentioned the daily.
Tensions escalated between N Korea and US since the later tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, with both countries periodically issuing threats to launch major attacks which can have massive global impact. And with the tension steadily escalating in recent times, the world is at the verge to witness a possible nuclear war. But before the real physical war, a fiery war of words continues between the two countries.
United States President Donald Trump, in a strong statement on August 8, threatened to unleash ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen’ against Kim Jong Un’s regime after North Korea vowed to retaliate “thousands of times” for new U.N. sanctions. Hours after Trump’s comments, Pyongyang claimed that it was ‘examining’ a strike on the US forces on the Pacific island of Guam. But in a befitting reply, the US Pacific Air Forces tweeted a picture of two B-1 bombers flanked by two fighter jets with the message, “ready to #fighttonight”.
By Priyam Mukhopadhyay