The Trump administration has been secretly working to formulate a plan with China for the Korean Peninsula if Kim Jong Un’s regime collapses in order to avoid a potential clash, according to remarks made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week. But it’s unclear how successful it has been in those efforts. The U.S. has long been preparing for such a scenario, which would likely see U.S. special forces sent to North Korea to deal with its nukes and ensure they don’t fall into the wrong hands. China, which borders North Korea, likely has similar plans in place. “In the event of North Korea’s regime collapse or disarray, America’s highest priority would be to ensure that the nuclear weapons are removed or destroyed. This would also be a high priority for China,” Mark Fitzpatrick, the executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies office in Washington, told Newsweek. “Just as the U.S. and South Korea have an operational war plan to seize the weapons, so, presumably, does China. To avoid any potential conflict in achieving this mission, the U.S. has repeatedly sought prior consultation and coordination with China, which has refused. So a clash over the arsenal remains… Read full this story
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