On Wednesday, April 12, President Donald Trump told Chinese leader Xi Jinping that “the way you’re going to make a good trade deal is to help us with North Korea,” according to Washington Post News.
North Korea is a nuclear armed country that possesses a large chemical and biological program according to CNN.
The number of missiles recorded in Pyongyang in April was “something of a scale we’ve never seen before,” said David Schmerler, a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, told CNN.
CNN reported that China is responsible for 80% of North Korea’s foreign trade and has a significant impact over North Korea.
President Donald Trump tweeted on April 11, “I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!”
Hawaiian lawmakers have already been preparing to come up with an emergency plan, in case of a North Korean attack. The Hawaii House Public Safety Committee called for the state’s defense agency to reconstruct its hundreds of Cold War shelters that have not been updated since the 1980s. They asked to restock them with medical supplies, food and water, reported Fox News.
CNBC News reported that when Trump was a candidate he addressed that he would be prepared to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and talk things out “over a hamburger.” Over time Trump has changed his view since winning the election, therefore he wants China to act on their trade with North Korea and offered better deals with the U.S. in return.
“I think Xi, means well and wants to help. We’ll see whether he does,” added Trump referring to China’s leader, speaking during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, according to LA Times.
New York Post News reported that China sent a warning to North Korea on Wednesday, April 12, telling them to not conduct nuclear weapons or missile tests, or they’d face military action by the U.S.
However, North Korea foreign minister, Han Song-Ryol, told the BBC that Pyongyang would continue to test missiles “on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.”
The whole world is watching the tension that has never been higher between the United States and North Korea