US President Donald Trump recently had two meetings with Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart, and among the things discussed was the nuclear threat being posed by North Korea. According to Trump, the US intends to use its forces to solve the problem. China, on the other hand, wants to go for a more peaceful approach.
Shortly after the meeting, Trump shared “President Xi wants to do the right thing. We had a very good bonding, I think we had a very good chemistry together, I think he wants to help us with North Korea.”
In his post on Twitter, Trump called North Korea a “menace”.
The American leader likewise added, “We talked trade, we talked a lot of things, and I said the way you’re going to make a good trade deal is to help us with North Korea, otherwise we’re just going to go it alone, that’ll be all right too, but going it alone means going with lots of other nations.”
Xi said that his country is committed to the “denuclearization” of North Korea but “insists on preserving peace and stability.”
As quoted by Times magazine, a readout by President Xi said:
“China advocates to resolve the issue through peaceful means, and is willing to maintain communication and coordination with the US on the Korean Peninsula issue.”
Trump said US will solve the North Korean problem with or without China’s help.
Earlier reports have confirmed that China has started to refuse Pyongyang’s import coals, in an attempt to apply economic pressure.
In an interview with Fox Business Network, Trump said:
“I really think that China’s going to try very hard and has already started. A lot of the coal boats have already been turned back.”
This, according to him, is a “big step”.
Moreover, China has expressed its willingness to support heavier sanctions by the United Nations against North Korea such as “strictly limiting” oil exports to Pyongyang.
Meanwhile, the United States recently launched a missile strike against a Syrian airbase which has sparked fears that North Korea will be the next target, especially because of the American military buildup in the region.
When asked about his strategy, Trump said during a Fox interview that he does not reveal about it in public. “I’m not like Obama,” he said, lambasting the former president.
The Foreign Ministry of Russia has admitted it is starting to feel concerned about the situation.
A statement said:
“We are really worried about what Washington has in mind for North Korea after it hinted at the possibility of a unilateral military scenario.”
Rumors say that North Korea may conduct its sixth nuclear test soon.
Circulating rumors also tell that North Korea is likely to conduct another nuclear test during the 105th anniversary of Kim II-sung’s birth, the founding father of North Korea and grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un.
With that in mind, the US is continuing to beef up its forces on the Korean peninsula.
“We are sending an armada,” Trump threatened.
As Trump told Fox:
“We are sending an armada. Very powerful. We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.”
Pyongyang, in return, isn’t taking the threats lightly.
North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said:
“Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the US invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theater but also in the US mainland.”
A 2-Year-Old Girl is Fighting for Her Life After Swallowing a “Button” Lithium Battery
A warning to all parents: lithium batteries can be deadly when swallowed.
Toddlers, as expected, are curious and their behavior can be extremely erratic. They try to climb anything they can climb on and try to swallow anything that they can get into their mouths. As such, keeping them safe is a priority - we could not emphasize that enough. We are sure you wouldn't want any accidents to happen to your kids, just like what happened to this little girl in England.
Two-year-old Kacie Barradell is now fighting for her life after swallowing a "button" lithium battery. The battery caused severe damage to her esophagus so she is now being fed through a tube. Doctors told Cheryl Bell, Kacie's mum, that there was a 40% chance that her daughter would die, and, if ever she did pull through, she has a 50% chance of being paralyzed from her waist down.
For Cheryl, the news was grim so she wants to warn other parents about the dangers that lithium batteries bring, particularly the "button" ones. Kacie is presently receiving medical treatment at Birmingham Children's Hospital, where she might stay for another month and undergo a second surgery.
Global Flashpoint: Chinese Troops and US Warships in North Korea Stir Up Fears of War
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Following a chemical attack in Syria, US President Donald Trump ordered an air strike on the country. This was the world leader's way of castigating Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is blamed for ordering the chemical attack on a rebel-held spot. As Paul Szoldra wrote in Business Insider: "After nearly 60 cruise missiles from the US rained down on an airfield in Syria, Assad can safely assume he's dealing with a much different president of the United States in 2017."
Russia reportedly also helped Assad launch the attack that took the lives of innocent people. As expected, global outrage ensued. Moreover, North Korea and China are now also involved in the conflict.
The chemical attack on Syria sparked the latest hostilities.
Most Expensive Warship At $13bn Is Finally Out In The Water
The warship weighs an equivalent of 400 Statues of Liberty.
The U.S. Navy’s most expensive warship to date has finally left its builder port and began “sea trials.” Over the weekend, the Navy revealed that the first of the new class of warship is out in the waters to test the different technology onboard. Different testers will reportedly be examining the aircraft carrier and its key technologies for several days.
The USS Gerald R. Ford was a warship constructed in 2009 with a target date of completion of September 2015 and initially cost $10.5 billion. However, there were problems met with the carrier, including power generation and its aircraft landing equipment.
Built by Huntington Ingalls Industries, the USS Gerald R. Ford serves as the successor to the Nimitz-class of carriers. The new warship introduces two new reactors capable of producing 250 percent more electricity compared to the previous models.
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