China mobilizes troops on border with North Korea; Pyongyang monitors US naval activity

According to reports emerging from South Korean media, the People’s Republic of China has amassed 150,000 troops on its border with North Korea.

The stated purpose of the positioning of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops is to administer refugees and preparation for any “unforeseen circumstance” should the U.S. launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.

Chosun.com reports both PLA infantry and medical units have been spread along the border with North Korea in two groups.  China and North Korea share an 880-mile border along the Yalu River.

The deployment comes immediately after President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a two-day meeting in which the men are believed to have developed a new strategy to curb Pyongyang’s aggressive behavior.

In concert with PLA deploying troops along the North Korean frontier, a U.S. battle group led by the USS Carl Vinson has been sent to the the Korean peninsula.  Originally intended to make port in Australia, the force was diverted to the area over the weekend.

Responding to both moves, North Korea announced it would launch a nuclear attack on the U.S. if it interpreted U.S. military activity as provocative.

Rodong Sinmun, a Pyongyang-controlled media outlet, reported this morning North Korea maintained a watch over developments and would exercise the option to strike against mainland U.S. and South Korea.

“Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theater but also in the U.S. mainland.”

North Korea is expected to conduct another ballistic missile test in the coming weeks or months according to analysis of satellite images. Experts estimate Pyongyang could develop technology within two years that achieves the goal of hitting the U.S. mainland with a nuclear warhead.

 

[Chosun.com] [CNBC] [AFP via Yahoo] [Photo courtesy South China Morning Post]