China Shows Readiness to 'Punish Anyone' Who Will Destabilize Korean Peninsula

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USA analysts said earlier this week said they believe North Korea has shrunk a nuclear weapon to fit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which it successfully launched in July.

It was a response to U.S. President Donald Trump's unusually stern warning to the DPRK on Tuesday, when he said "North Korea (DPRK) best not make any more threats to the United States".

"The message clearly says that Beijing will punish anyone who will escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula", Asmolov pointed out.

Meanwhile, public safety officials on the island on Friday distributed a pamphlet advising residents how to prepare and react should North Korea follow through on its threats.

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History has demonstrated that China will not sit out a war in the Korean peninsula, and US allies South Korea and Japan will bear the brunt.

Friday: The US president warns that military solutions are "locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely".

In July, North Korea claimed to have test-fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

Just a day earlier, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency said its army would complete plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near Guam. "Hopefully Kim Jong-un will find another path!" he tweeted.

"Guam is the largest island between Hawaii and the Philippines and it has a natural deep seawater port", says Robert Underwood, former Guam delegate to the U.S. Congress and current president at the University of Guam.

Speaking to the Press Association in Bristol, Mr Corbyn said: "We can not play fast and loose with nuclear weapons and nuclear threats because do you know what - a nuclear explosion doesn't stop at national borders, it doesn't stop at the vicinity where the bomb drops".

North Korea has always denied any wrongdoing.

The president brushed off the criticism of his rhetoric by saying that "tens of millions of people in this country" are happy with him standing up for the U.S. and its allies.

But the USA announced Friday it will carry out its annual joint military exercises with South Korea later this month.

An editorial published Thursday in a Chinese state-owned newspaper issued dual warnings to the United States and North Korea against military action on the Korean Peninsula, asserting that "China will respond with a firm hand" if its interests are threatened by either nation. He added saying China is ready to pay the price, however, the aim of such sanctions should be to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.

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