The Global Times, a Communist Party tabloid, warned Friday that China wouldn't assist North Korea if it attacked US territory and America retaliated. "If Kim Jong Un said he would hit Anchorage, would he say, go ahead hit Anchorage and see what happens?", Underwood said. "Was this statement signed off on by anyone?"
The threats follow a week of escalating rhetoric between the two countries after the U.S. threatened "fire and fury" against the rogue state.
The US leader ignored pleas to cool his rhetoric in a row that threatens to spill over into military action between two nuclear powers. As it is, the US has a robust military presence in the region, including six B-1 bombers in Guam and Air Force fighter jet units in South Korea, plus other assets across the Pacific Ocean and in the skies above.
North Korea's announcement that it is finalizing a plan to launch four ballistic missiles over Japan toward the island of Guam has touched off a series of fiery threats from President Donald Trump and upped tensions between Pyongyang and Washington to a whole new level.
Trump, meanwhile, continues to pursue a diplomatic solution to North Korea's purported development of a nuclear warhead that could reach the United States and other countries on an intercontinental ballistic missile.
While tourists are free to visit the secretive state as part of strictly controlled tour groups, they are told to never take photos of soldiers by their handlers.
North Korea's relationship with the USA has always been rooted in bitter acrimony, with its periodic threats of annihilating America sounding nearly quaint, coming, as they do, from an impoverished nation of 25 million.
He also spoke by phone with China's president, whom the Trump administration considers critical to the diffusion of the crisis. "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of US forces in South Korea to show they're always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula. Most experts believe that Pyongyang's quest for nuclear weapons is not geared toward launching a suicidal first strike, but rather a check against any attempt by the U.S.to finish the job we failed to do in the Korean War. While North Korea is testing the patience of its longtime benefactor, such a scenario could lead to a unified Korea and push USA troops right up to its border. According to CNN, South Korea's military has detected no preparations for a missile launch from the north, and experts suspect the real objective of the threat is geopolitical theatre. But it is also one that the US military has been watching develop for years, with fairly well-defined steps that have led to an ever more complicated and potentially unsafe situation - but not the outbreak of a nuclear war.
"Hopefully it will all work out", he said. At a regional conference in Manila, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he warned his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho, "Do not violate the U.N.'s decision or provoke the global society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests". "At the same time, China will respond if the USA decides to attack North Korea", Asmolov said.
Pyongyang said the scheme to target the island, a key U.S. military outpost in the western Pacific, was meant to "signal a crucial warning" as "only absolute force" would have an effect on a United States leader "bereft of reason".
But in a pointed warning that China may not back its old Korean War ally, a state-run newspaper said Friday that Beijing should not intervene on Pyongyang's side if it triggered a conflict.
Lindsey Graham of SC, who blows hot and cold on the president, told a television interviewer. "We are with you a thousand percent".