THE Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed 150,000 to the North Korean border amid fears citizens could soon be fleeing the reclusive state if the US sends an airstrike, according to reports.
President Donald Trump’s missile strike on Syria on Friday is said to have also been a warning to North Korea as tensions between the two nations.
A North Korean foreign military official told Pyongyang mouthpiece Korean Central News Agency: “Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent US military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it.”
Yesterday, a former head of MI6, Sir John Sawyers, warned that US President Donald Trump would be more likely to start a war with Kim Jong-un than Syria despite the recent missile strike on the nation.
China has responded by readying medical and backup units from its PLA forces at the Yalu River to prepare for a possible influx of North Korean refugees if the Trump launches an attack on the Kim-controlled nation, according to Korea’s Chosun.com.
North Korea issued a chilling declaration today that they will retaliate with a powerful response after the US deployed a Navy strike group to the Korean peninsula.
The US Navy moved the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group from Singapore to North Korea this week.
The deployment follows several provocative missile tests launched by the despot leader this year.
Speculation of an imminent nuclear test is brewing as the satellite reveal “substantial” tunnel excavation at the country’s nuclear test site.
The barbaric leader had earlier claimed the country was close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile, which would be capable of reaching and causing mass destruction on the United States.
Officials from China and the US have vowed to work together to push North Korea towards “a different course” amid increased fears over the despot state’s weapons programmes.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met his Chinese counterpart last month and agreed that “action has to be taken” in response to North Korea.
President Trump also met with Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, last week and had “extensive discussions around the dangerous situation in North Korea” at a summit at in Florida.
A Chinese envoy has also met with counterparts in South Korea over fears of another nuclear test from the North as the reclusive state marks a number its anniversaries this month, including the birthday of his forebear Kim il-Sung, who founded North Korea in 1948.