China will continue being neutral if North Korea fires missiles at United States territory first, but if the U.S. starts a pre-emptive strike, against Pyongyang, the country would come to aide Noth Korea.
While not direct government policy, that decision of how the country should respond to the unfolding nuclear warnings from the U.S. and North Korea is included in an editorial in the Communist Party–run Global Times newspaper.
Mr. Trump said to the reporters that he hopes that other countries must understand him. He stated millions of Americans backed him because,
“finally we have a president that’s sticking up for our nation and frankly sticking up for our friends and our allies.”
Pyongyang, meanwhile, said nearly 3.5 million North Koreans had suggested to join or rejoin the People’s Army since the United Nations forced new sanctions over its missile tests and nuclear weapons program.
The state-run KCNA news agency has previously denounced the US president of making the region “to the brink of nuclear war.”
The White House said Mr. Xi and Mr. Trump “reiterated their mutual dedication to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and emphasized their “extremely close relationship.”
“President Trump and President Xi acknowledged North Korea must end its provocative and escalatory behavior,” a statement read.