North: Media to Partly Blame for Escalating US-N. Korea Tension

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In May, when China halted energy exports to North Korea, Russia has stepped in to help and established itself as the rogue country's leading global ally.

But, the Global Times warned that if the USA strikes first and tries to overthrow the North Korean regime, China will step in to defend its neighbor.

ANDREI LANKOV: Ideally, Russia and China would like to see Korean peninsula stable, divided between two countries, North and South, and, well, in the best of the possible worlds, non-nuclear. Heretofore, the administration has urged China to press North Korea as a kind of subcontractor to achieve American objectives. This is believed to be a direct warning against North Korea starting the war.

"This suggests to us that the Chinese military may be pulling more strings in Pyongyang than we had previously considered, hence their refusal to cut oil the supply to North Korea", the broker said in a research note sent to clients.

In turn, Tong Zhao, a fellow in Carnegie's Nuclear Policy Program based at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, said that North Korea will not engage in an open military confrontation.

Last year, a Chinese businesswoman was accused of using "layers of shell and front companies" to conduct activities on behalf of North Korea.

As tension continues to rise between the US and North Korea, with both sides making threats, China and Russian Federation are trying to cool things down.

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LANKOV: Russia is likely to basically follow China's lead on such issues.

If the USA learns to live with a nuclear-armed North Korea, will we also learn to live with a nuclear-armed Iran?

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006 over in order to curtail Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.

The United States to protect itself and maintain worldwide credibility has little choice but to make a disarming strike, at least against the two North Korean satellites, that might be nuclear-armed for EMP attack, orbiting over the USA, and against the dozen North Korean road-mobile ICBMs now deployed.

KIM: The two countries have made clear they don't want North Korea to have nuclear weapons.

The US and North Korea have exchanged a series of warmongering statements over the recent week.

Immediately, move more THAAD interceptors to South Korea, more Aegis anti-missile ships around North Korea and in the Gulf of Mexico, strengthening US missile defenses. Nevertheless, both Russian Federation and China voted for new United Nations sanctions against North Korea last weekend, winning praise from the White House.

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