This could yet be another landmark political victory for U.S President Donald Trump as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has revealed that the Chinese president has agreed that action must be taken on North Korea, after his meeting with Trump in Florida over the weekend.
North Korea have tested nuclear weapons the last couple of months and even boasted being able to hit the U.S mainland soon.
Donald Trump before Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit, talked tough about his meeting with the Asian leader in order to reach an agreement that’ll favor American trade and reach a compromise on the North Korean situation.
Rex Tillerson has now revealed that China has agreed that action is necessary on North Korea and now U.S Navy strike groups are now sailing towards the western Pacific Ocean, to provide a presence near the Korean peninsula-and attack North Korea if necessary.
Donald Trump early this year said as long as he is president North Korea will never deploy a nuclear missile towards the United States and it seems he is making headway with that promise, as a co-operative China (responsible for 80% of North Korea’s trade income) will only make it easier to deal with North Korea and it’s dictator Kim Jong Un.
Tillerson told CBS’s Face the Nation
“They had extensive discussions around the dangerous situation in North Korea”.“President Xi clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken,”
”There is a shared view and no disagreement as to how dangerous the situation has become”.
In view of the regional threat now posed by North Korean missile tests and nuclear ambitions, he said, the Chinese “do not believe the conditions are right today to engage in discussions with the government in Pyongyang”.
“We’re hopeful,that we can work together with the Chinese to change the conditions in the minds of the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] leadership. And then, at that point, perhaps discussions may be useful.
“But I think there’s a shared view and no disagreement as to how dangerous the situation has become. And I think even China is beginning to recognise that this presents a threat to even to China’s interests as well.”
The United States’ Carl Vinson strike group, which includes an aircraft carrier, has been redirected from Singapore to the western Pacific near the Korean peninsula.
US Pacific Command ordered the Carl Vinson strike group north as a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the western Pacific,” said Commander Dave Benham, spokesman at US Pacific Command.
“The No 1 threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible and destabilising programme of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability,”