United States Threatens to Intervene in North Korea if China Doesn’t Take Action

On July 21, 2023, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the US would take action if China refused to intervene in the military deployment of North Korea. 

North Korea is a nuclear-armed hermit state that has long been perceived as an ally of China. US authorities have long blamed it for destabilizing East Asia. 

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken informed Chinese counterparts that the US wants China’s help in containing the North Korean nuclear program and ultimately denuclearize the Korean peninsula. He revealed that the US would strengthen its defense alliances with Japan and South Korea if China did not bother to intervene. 

During a fireside chat at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Blinken stated: “We believe that you have unique influence and we hope that you’ll use it to get better cooperation from North Korea.

“But if you can’t or if you won’t, then we’re going to have to continue to take steps that aren’t directed at China but that China probably won’t like because it goes to strengthening and shoring up not only our own defenses but also those of South Korea and Japan and a deepening of the work that all three of us are doing together.”

China has been critical of the US’s defense alliances in East Asia. It perceives them as efforts to keep tabs on or contain China’s military. Authorities in Japan and South Korea are perturbed by North Korea’s military tests, which sometimes occur near their airspace. .

North Korea has carried out“one missile launch after another”, Blinken declared. On July 12, the North Koreans launched a second flight test of its Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile.

China has previously offered its nuclear-armed neighbor fuel and food aid and held international talks on the country’s nuclear program.

Blinken’s remarks came after the disappearance on July 18 of Private Travis King, an American soldier who entered North Korea during a civilian tour close to the border with South Korea.

The US simply can’t help itself with respect to interventionism abroad. Its foreign policy elites sincerely believe that the US’s foreign policy resources must be deployed all over the world. The justification for such measures is usually based on the neoconservative/neoliberal desire to remake the world in the US’s dysfunctional image. 

Only a new foreign policy elite guided by the precepts of non-interventionism and realism can correct this errant course. 

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