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Can the U.S. play North Korea against China?

18 Août 2017

"A resolution of the North Korea nuclear issue by military force is completely unacceptable and the peninsula's nuclear issue must be peacefully resolved by political and diplomatic methods", Lavrov was quoted as saying by the Chinese Foreign Ministry following his call with the Chinese foreign minister.

"General Dunford delivered a clear message that North Korean ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs threaten the entire global community, including China, Russia, the United States and our allies", James said.

A military solution would be "absolutely horrific", Dunford told reporters after the meetings, according to The Associated Press.

Trump stunned the world last week by warning North Korea it faced "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten the U.S. or its allies with its ballistic missile program.

This is Dunford's first visit to China as the chair of the Joint Chiefs.

Fang said Dunford's visit was a key part of efforts to expand dialogue between the US and China as agreed by President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, when they met earlier this year.

The Chinese President, also chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), said that although the visit was brief, it was wide-ranging, showing how relations between the two armed forces have made substantial steps forward.

"Before the 19th (Party) Congress, China fears more of its border instability than a nuclear-armed (North Korea)".

In the North's first response to a Liberation Day speech on Tuesday by Moon marking the 1945 end of Japan's colonial rule over Korea, the North's National Reconciliation Council called Moon's pledge to prevent a war on the Korean Peninsula at any cost "sophistry".

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But Dunford told China's president that Trump asked for military options on North Korea, and that's what he planned to provide.

However, the US Pacific Command is also keen on admonishing China as an aggressor in the hotly-contested South China Sea, where Beijing has built missile shelters, runway and a light house.

North Korea responded that it was ready to aim a missile at the American territory Guam, but it has since suspended the operation.

Trump tweeted early Wednesday that Kim had "made a very wise and well reasoned decision", amid indications North Korea had decided not to proceed with its multiple missile launch.

"The people worked together to rebuild the country from the Korean War, and we can not lose everything again because of a war", Mr Moon said in a nationally televised news conference.

"The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!" China is North Korea's largest trading partner. This is a firm agreement between South Korea and the US.

North Korea has repeatedly tested intercontinental ballistic missiles in recent months, some of which could reach parts of the U.S. But his efforts have so far been met with a string of threats and missile tests as the North works to build nuclear-armed missiles that can reach the United States mainland.

China has been critiqued in the past of not following through with sanctions on North Korea, but this time around the country is getting a great deal of pressure from the worldwide community.