North Korea threatens 'nuclear thunderbolts' as US and China finally work together

With the world on edge after reports that the US and North Korea are on the verge of war, North Korea has threatened "nuclear thunderbolts" at the first sign of a US preemptive strike, while also slamming China for cooperating with the West, according to NK News.

While North Korea is expected to carry out another provocative nuclear test on Saturday — 105th anniversary of the birth of the regime's founder, Kim Il Sung — threats and provocations from the Kim regime have become common.

But the cooperation seen lately between the world's two greatest powers on containing Kim Jong Un's nuclear ambitions is new.

"Currently, with the cooperation of 'somebody,' the US is planning to collapse our system, the action that is such a naive and foolish delusion," a North Korean think tank said, according to NK News.

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Engineers check the base of Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities in the northwest of Pyongyang April 8, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
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That reference to "somebody" appears to be a swipe at China, which recently rejected coal shipments from the Hermit Kingdom, thereby hamstringing the North Korean economy. Additionally, Air China announced on Friday it would suspend its only direct flights to North Korea, according to the South China Morning Post.

While China has signed on to every UN resolution against North Korea since 2006, it remains North Korea's biggest economic and political backer.

But since US President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week and threatened trade retaliation against China should it fail to cooperate on denuclearizing North Korea, the Chinese have signaled a new willingness to act.

Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday that he told his Chinese counterpart: "The way you're gonna make a good trade deal is to help us with North Korea. Otherwise, we're just going to go it alone."

Meanwhile, despite sensational reports that the US and North Korea stand at the brink of all-out war, Director of Jilin University's Institute of Northeast Asian Studies Gui Rui told the Associated Press that war isn't likely.

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Instead, he said that should Pyongyang carry out their test, the regime can expect harsher rebukes from Beijing, who could single-handedly hobble North Korea by restricting their energy trade, and thereby accomplish what decades of UN sanctions have failed to do — destabilization of the Kim regime.

"I was very impressed with President Xi," said Trump of the pair's early April meeting. "I think he means well and he wants to help, we'll see if he does."

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