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Russia And China Disapprove Of U.S. In North Korea

| by Shani Shahmoon

China and Russia have reacted to the wave of American and Japanese vessels headed toward North Korea.

Following another one of North Korea's illegal missile tests on April 5, United States President Donald Trump sent a group of manned military vessels, which he referred to as an "armada," to the rebelling country as a signal to stop their unlawful practices, CNN reported.

North Korea has been expanding its ballistic missiles program and nuclear weapons despite breaking international law. The country has received countless economic sanctions and international condemnation, but hasn't flinched, The Independent explains. Under former President Barack Obama's administration, there were no reactions to the numerous ballistic missile tests taking place on the Korean peninsula that left Asia in high tension and fear.

As Trump likes to repeat, this new administration won't be as complacent as the last.

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Similarly, two sources in Tokyo explained to Reuters that Japan is preparing to send warships to join the U.S. mission.

China and Russia have expressed their disapproval of such actions, and the two countries have since been reported to have sent out spy vessels to monitor the U.S. and Japanese fleets headed toward North Korea, The Independent explains.

Trump dispatched the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier -- which is powered by nuclear reactors -- as well as a submarine, destroyers, and a cruiser, all of which are currently making their way to the Korean Peninsula, the Daily Mail reported.

In an interview with Reuters, sources explained that the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force may get involved via helicopter landings and communication drills.

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China and Russia have since partnered by way of their joint disapproval.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Trump on April 6 at the U.S. president's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Chinese and American relationships have always been essential in responding to the dictatorship in North Korea, Foreign Policy writes.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said: "If a war occurs, the result is a situation in which everybody loses and there can be no winner. It is not the one who espouses harsher rhetoric or raises a bigger fist that will win."

But Russia seems to share China's hesitant views in regards to responding to North Korea's ruthless perseverance.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said:  "We do not accept the reckless nuclear missile actions of Pyongyang that breach UN resolutions, but that does not mean that you can break international law."

"I hope that there will not be any unilateral actions like the one we saw recently in Syria," Lavrov added.

North Korean President Kim Jong-un has reportedly shown his intention to continue breaking international law, and has shown no hesitation to respond to those who get in his way.

North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said: "Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the US invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theatre but also in the U.S. mainland," The Independent reported.

The North Korean president has threatened a nuclear attack on America if any opposing action is taken. 

Sources: CNN, Daily Mail, The Independent (2), Reuters, Foreign Policy / Photo credit: Vice President Pence/Twitter

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