The U.S. had a difficult relationship with China for many decades, mainly during the government of Mao Zedong. Even though diplomatic ties with the most populated country on the planet have improved and trade relationships have grown exponentially, there is still a problem with China: North Korea. The US government wants the Chinese to be tougher with the regime of Kim Jong-un, but the Chinese dislike this idea. The Russians have also sided with the North Korean Government. China and Russia don't want the U.S. to take military action against Pyongyang.

Military options

America wants North Korea to stop their development of nuclear weapons, but if the Communist government in Pyongyang keeps insisting, the US may have to take military action.

Jim Mattis, the U.S. Defense Secretary, talked about it with Japanese ministers in Washington. Donald Trump stated that Pyongyang would face "fire and fury" if they persist. The North Korean government responded by saying that they could fire missiles capable of reaching Guam. North Korea and the U.S. have been foes for many decades.

Russian and Chinese officials on this issue

This has increased the alarm levels in the governments of Russia and China. Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, declared that any attempt to resolve the Korean crisis by using the force will lead to a great loss of life. Fan Changlong, the vice-chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission, believes the only way to resolve the crisis is through talks.

Military drills

America and South Korea have been allies for many decades, and both countries will begin military drills involving tens of thousands of soldiers.

This is seen by North Korea as preparation for an invasion, while China wants the U.S. to stop the drills and also wants the Pyongyang regime to stop its nuclear tests. Joseph Dunford, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, ruled this out. He stated that the military exercises are very important for the security of the region

North Korea will continue its nuclear tests

Ja Song Nam, the North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations, declared that Pyongyang will continue with its nuclear tests. He believes that America behaves in aggressive ways and is a threat to North Korea. The Pyongyang regime is one of the few remaining Communist dictatorships in the world, it hasn't experienced the reforms that China had a few decades ago.