Joe Biden, the President of the United States, said on Monday that the United States would need to take some moves that will be “more defensive” in the event that North Korea conducts a nuclear test.
The leader of the United States said that he has also requested that the President of China, Xi Jinping, do everything he can to stop North Korea from taking any moves that would escalate the situation, emphasizing that any defensive actions made by the United States would be “in China’s face.”
When asked during a press conference if China had sufficient influence over North Korea to prevent the hermit nation from carrying out a nuclear test, President Joe Biden responded, “I made it clear to President Xi Jinping that I thought they had an obligation to attempt to make it clear to North Korea that they should not engage in long range nuclear tests.” Biden was responding to a question about whether or not China had sufficient influence over the hermit nation to prevent North Korea from carrying out the test.
The press conference took place in Bali, Indonesia, which is also the location of Biden’s first in-person meeting with Xi since he took office at the beginning of the previous year.
“And I made it plain as well that if they did, they meaning North Korea, that we would have to take certain steps that would be more defensive on our side,” Biden continued. “And I made it obvious as well that if they did, they meaning North Korea, that we would have to take certain actions.”
It was reported previously that the President of the United States said that if North Korea were to carry out a nuclear test, it would be necessary for the United States to strengthen its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region.
He said that any further defensive steps the United States would take in the event of a nuclear test by North Korea would be “up in the face of China.”
Nevertheless, he said at the news conference, “but it wouldn’t be because of China but rather because of what was going on in North Korea.”
Biden said that he has also conveyed to his Chinese colleague that any moves would not be intended at China but rather at North Korea, and he added that “the greatest fear I have is a misunderstanding about intentions or actions on both of our sides.”
According to Seoul and Washington, the North looks to have finished all preparations for what would be its seventh nuclear test and that it may go through with a test in the very near future. This will be the seventh nuclear test the North has conducted.
This evaluation came as a result of a recent series of missile tests conducted by North Korea.
Since September 25, Pyongyang has launched more than 40 missiles, including a total of 23 missiles of various sorts in a one day on November 2. Since the beginning of the year, the defiant nation has launched around 60 ballistic missiles, seven of which were intercontinental ballistic missiles.
“I am confident China is not looking for North Korea to engage in further escalatory (actions),” President Joe Biden said, “I mean because I made it clear and I made it clear from the very beginning and also last year that we will do what it needs to defend our capacity, to defend ourselves and our allies, South Korea, as well as Japan.” This is because I made it clear that we will do whatever it takes to defend our capacity, to defend ourselves and our allies, and to defend ourselves and our