Pyongyang took a swipe at long-standing ally China on Friday, implying that Beijing was “cooperating” with Washington for the collapse of North Korea, via an article in the Rodong Sinmun.
In the same article, Pyongyang also threatened to launch “nuclear thunderbolts” at the U.S., should Washington show any sign of a preemptive strike against the North.
While the report did not name China explicitly, both Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have discussed how to reign in North Korea recently.
“Currently, with the cooperation of ‘somebody,’ the U.S. is planning to collapse our system, the action that is such a naïve and foolish delusion,” the latter part of the Friday statement, released by the Institute for Disarmament and Peace (IDP) of the DPRK Foreign Ministry, said.
It is not the first time North Korea has chosen a roundabout way to criticize its traditional ally and express its concerns publicly.
But Friday’s remarks may be a possible reaction to an increase in pressure on Pyongyang since the recent Sino-U.S. Summit held on April 6.
After the meeting between Trump and Xi, U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said that he is hopeful China will “exercise influence over North Korea’s actions to dismantle their nuclear weapons and their missile technology programs.”
Three days after the summit on April 9, U.S. decided to deploy the Carl Vinson Strike Group towards the Korean Peninsula.
But it’s unlikely the Rodong Sinmun article will significantly damage the relationship between Pyongyang and Beijing, though further large-scale North Korean provocations might.
“If the North provokes the world with its another nuclear test, China will have to take some actions against it, and Sino-DPRK relations will naturally worsen,” Chung Jae-hung, a researcher at the Sejong Institute told NK News.
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