President Donald Trump is still looking for an option to deal with North Korean aggression, following their successful launch of an ICBM.
The missile is said to be capable of striking Alaska or Hawaii.
Trump originally sought aid from China, who is North Korea’s top ally, to put pressure on the country to deescalate their missile program.
He warned that a nuclear North Korea could be just as threatening to China as it is to the United States.
China seems to have responded to these comments by ramping up their defenses at the border of the Korean Peninsula, rather than intervening in the region.
Per Fox News:
The Chinese military has reportedly been building up defenses along its border with North Korea that coincide with warnings by President Trump that he is considering military action over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons push.
The Wall Street Journal, citing a review of official military and government websites and interviews with experts, reported that Beijing has built bunkers to protect against nuclear blasts, established a new border brigade and a 24-hour surveillance of the mountainous frontier.
The Chinese government has unsurprisingly not drawn attention to their new fortifications, calling them “normal”:
The preparations are intended to respond to worst-case scenarios, like an economic collapse, nuclear contamination or a conflict, the experts told the paper.
The Chinese government has not spoken out about the report of preparations. An official from its defense ministry said in a statement that the forces “maintain a normal state of combat readiness and training.”
“Military means shouldn’t be an option to solve the Korean Peninsula issue,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
A military assault is not the only option Trump is considering:
The Trump administration is searching for more effective ways to ramp up pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. Pyongyang’s recent successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile — the first by the North — has created even more urgency as the U.S. seeks to stop North Korea before it can master the complex process of putting a nuclear warhead atop a missile capable of hitting the United States.
President Trump has expressed frustration that his initial strategy — enlisting China’s help and influence to squeeze the North economically and diplomatically — has not yielded major results. Trump’s administration is also considering other economic steps including “secondary sanctions” that could target companies and banks — mostly in China — that do even legitimate business with North Korea, officials said.