There has been a lot of discussion in the media about Donald Trump and North Korea, questioning how he will respond to increasing aggression from the Asian country. But Trump isn’t the only one who is angry with Kim Jong Un — China is fed up and they’ve just given him a huge ultimatum.

North Korea has been desperately trying to develop a nuclear arsenal for themselves. They’ve been unsuccessful so far, but they still continue to carry out nuclear tests, angering much of the international community. And China has urged them to stop — in response, they have vowed to protect North Korea.

“If North Korea complies with China’s advice and suspends nuclear activities, China will actively work to protect the security of a de-nuclearised North Korean nation and regime,” the Global Times, the official mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party, wrote. “This path has no outlet … it doesn’t matter if North Korea tests a few more nuclear bombs or a few more missiles. It will not make any difference. Washington does not fear North Korea, and another nuclear test increases the likelihood that the U.S. will use military force.”

“If North Korea does not end its nuclear activities, this end is inevitable.”

The newspaper also warned that even if the United States doesn’t attack North Korea, it won’t matter — sanctions will be issued that will cripple the country anyway. “Pyongyang may assume that atomic bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles are the keys to ensuring national and political security, but this is wrong,” the paper continued.

But what happens if North Korea refuses? “Beijing will not patiently allow Pyongyang to continue its nuclear activities. This is where the U.S. and China are in agreement,” the paper said. “The difference is that Beijing insists on a peaceful solution that does not threaten the regime, while Washington may use force and take extreme measures.”

China is also cautioning the United States against using military force, but the Global Times also praised Trump for bombing Syria after the chemical attack against its own people, calling him a man “who honors his promises.”

It’s safe to say that the situation is extremely complicated, but it also seems clear that just asking North Korea nicely to stop trying to manufacture nuclear weapons is a futile endeavor.

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