Huny Badger RIGHT WING TRIBUNE–
China has started building refugee camps on the North Korean border, in what the New York Times interprets as a sign of real fears of a war between the rogue state and the U.S..
The revelation, which originally came via the microblogging site Weibo, came the same day as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered talks with North Korea to de-escalate the crisis, even though President Donald Trump has dismissed the idea as futile.
China’s action appears to be an unusual, if implicit, admission of increasing instability in its ally. It acknowledges the risk of refugees swarming across the Tumen River, which forms the border between it and North Korea.
Lu Kang, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, told NYT reporters on Monday that he was unaware of the plan for the refugee camps, but he didn’t deny their existence, stating “I haven’t seen such reports.”
The report identified five sites spread across three villages in Changbai County and two cities in the north-eastern border province of Jilin, which have been earmarked as camp locations.
Worries around North Korea have heightened since Pyongyang claimed it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that put the entire United States mainland within range of its nuclear weapons. China has vowed to stand by its ally if the U.S. starts a conflict.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the United States is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without “precondition”.
Tillerson, speaking on Tuesday at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, stated the US “cannot accept” a nuclear-armed North Korea but called on the two countries to begin a dialogue.
“We’re ready to talk anytime North Korea would like to talk, and we’re ready to have the first meeting without precondition,” he said.
Following the secretary of state’s speech, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders reiterated that Trump’s views on North Korea remain unchanged.
“North Korea is acting in an unsafe way … North Korea’s actions are not good for anyone and certainly not good for North Korea,” she added in a statement to reporters.
Trump has been openly skeptical of diplomatic efforts to engage with Kim in recent months, saying on Twitter on October 1 that Tillerson was “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man (Kim Jong-Un).”
President Donald Trump says he’s got a good relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson but they don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye on North Korea.
President Trump tells reporters in the Oval Office that he and Tillerson “actually have a very good relationship.” But when the president is asked if he and Tillerson agree on North Korea, Trump says he has “a little bit of a different attitude on North Korea than other people might have.”
President Trump says he listens to everyone “but ultimately my attitude is the one that matters.”
The president says he may feel “stronger and tougher” than other people on the subject.
The two disagree on how to handle North Korea and “Rocket-boy” however, it is clear that President Trump is allowing Tillerson to engage North Korea in diplomacy. Of which, North Korea has not only ignored every sanction and diplomatic means, they have stepped up their weapon factories.
Maybe this is just a, “good cop, bad cop” scenario to get the DPRK to stop their stupidity before it is too late.
Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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