North Korea has long been the “thorn in the side” of international security. The rogue state under dictatorial control ahs grown bolder over the last few years and begun flaunting its nuclear capability whilst at the same time ramping up its anti-American rhetoric. The threats have grown more credible as it engages in open weapons testing and missile technology research.
And until now, they were untouchable.
With China’s unfailing backing, it has been diplomatically difficult to not only communicate with North Korean officials, but also difficult to impose any kind of hard-hitting financial sanctions. But not anymore.
After last week’s historical meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese Premiere Xi Jinping, there appears to have been some movement in the deadlock. The US is sending aircraft carriers to the Korean peninsula and China has not complained. And what’s more, China has even announced that North Korea DOES NOT have free rein to carry out their 6th nuclear test.
Beijing has stated that they have a “bottom line” on what the Dictator State will be allowed to do, with fears that a rogue nuclear test could damage parts of China, they are finally putting their foot down. Is this about to become a US/China joint endeavor?
The Daily Caller reports:
If North Korea crosses Beijing’s “bottom line,” China may bomb its neighbor.
China warns the North’s nuclear activities must not jeopardize northeastern China. If North Korea negatively impacts China with its illicit nuclear activities, the latter will respond with force, a Global Times editorial published on the news service for the Chinese military stressed.
“China has a bottom line that it will protect at all costs, that is, the security and stability of northeast China,” the report stated. “If the bottom line is touched, China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back … By that time, it is not an issue of discussion whether China acquiesces in the US’ blows, but the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks [on] DPRK nuclear facilities on its own.”
The northeastern provinces of Liaoning and Jilin border North Korea. Together with Heilongjiang Province, the three provinces make up the Shenyang Military Region.
“We all know that the DPRK’s sixth nuclear test is imminent, and various parties, especially China, are generally worried about this,” the editorial commented.