United States and China Plan to Invade North Korea

Written by Jason Simpkins
Posted December 22, 2017

Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spilled the beans…

He acknowledged that the United States and China “have had conversations” about coordinating a military response to the North Korea situation.

“The most important thing to us would be securing those nuclear weapons they’ve already developed and ensuring that they — that nothing falls into the hands of people we would not want to have it,” Tillerson said. “We’ve had conversations with the Chinese about how might that be done.”

Clarifying, Tillerson told the New York Times: "We do not seek a reason to send our own military forces north of the demilitarized zone. We have had conversations that if something happened and we had to go across a line, we have given the Chinese assurances we would go back and retreat back to the south of the 38th parallel."

In acknowledging these talks, Tillerson confirmed what many American and Chinese analysts have been saying. Namely, that China won’t side with North Korea if a military conflict erupts.

In a recent article for Foreign Affairs, Oriana Skylar Mastro, a professor of security studies at Georgetown University who advises U.S. Pacific Command, said the assumption that China would swoop in to save its neighbor is “dangerously out of date.”

“Chinese relations with North Korea have deteriorated drastically behind the scenes, as China has tired of North Korea’s insolent behavior and reassessed its own interests on the peninsula,” she wrote. “Today, China is no longer wedded to North Korea’s survival. In the event of a conflict or the regime’s collapse, Chinese forces would intervene to a degree not previously expected — not to protect Beijing’s supposed ally but to secure its own interests.”

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To that end, China’s army, which is already massing on the North Korean border, would seize control of key terrain. That includes North Korea’s nuclear sites, most of which are within 60 miles of the Chinese border.

No doubt, China’s cooperation is a game-changer.

Just a few weeks ago I asked who the “adult in the room” was. Who could be counted on to deliver a solution to this growing problem?

Now, I know: It’s the Chinese.

There’s still no cause to rest easy, of course.

There’s a tremendous amount of risk, even with China’s support. Just weeks ago, North Korea executed its biggest, most successful missile test yet. It’s now believed to be capable of hitting even the eastern United States with a nuclear missile. Though, the West Coast, Japan, and South Korea are in far greater danger.

Speaking of which, U.S. and South Korean forces are already holding joint drills, called "Warrior Strike," to prepare.

At the same time, President Trump said Monday that the United States has “no choice” but to deal with the North Korea situation “head on.”

“This situation should have been taken care of long before I got into office, when it was much easier to handle,” Trump said. “But it will be taken care of. We have no choice.”

I don’t know how anyone could mistake that for anything less than a promise. And while Trump has generally been inconsistent when it comes to keeping promises, he seems pretty intent to keep this one.

The president’s frustration with North Korea has been palpable since he took office. And it’s only escalated with each missile test the rogue nation’s conducted.

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National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster seems pessimistic about any chance of peace, as well.

“Of course that’s what we want, but we’re not committed to a peaceful [resolution] — we’re committed to a resolution,” he told the BBC. “We want the resolution to be peaceful, but as the president has said, all options are on the table and we have to be prepared, if necessary, to compel the denuclearisation of North Korea without the cooperation of that regime.”

“The chances of war, who knows what they are?” McMaster added. “They could go up or down, I think, based on what we all decide to do.”

Well, right now, I’d say they’re going up, and exponentially so.

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Jason Simpkins is a ten-year veteran of the financial publishing industry, where he's served as a reporter, analyst, investment strategist and prognosticator. He's written more than 1,000 articles pertaining to personal finance and macroeconomics. Simpkins also served as the chief investment analyst for a trading service that focused exclusively on high-flying energy stocks. For more on Jason, check out his editor's page. 

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