Trump says U.S. is ready to act alone on North Korea
 

Trump says U.S. is ready to act alone on North Korea

The president’s comments come days before he is set to host the Chinese president at his Florida resort for a wide-ranging conversation


 
US President Donald Trump holds a National Economic Council listening session with the CEOs of small and community banks, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 09 March 2017. Trump wants to hear from some twelve CEOs what might prevent them from lending to consumers and small businesses.  (KEVIN DIETSCH/EPA/CP)

US President Donald Trump holds a National Economic Council listening session with the CEOs of small and community banks, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 09 March 2017. Trump wants to hear from some twelve CEOs what might prevent them from lending to consumers and small businesses. (KEVIN DIETSCH/EPA/CP)

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. — United States President Donald Trump says that the U.S. is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher stand against North Korea’s nuclear program.

Trump’s comments in an interview with the Financial Times come just days before he is set to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate in South Florida. The two are expected to discuss a number of issues, including North Korea, trade and territorial disputes in the South China Sea during their meeting on Thursday and Friday.

“Yes, we will talk about North Korea,” Trump told the newspaper for a story that appeared Sunday on its website. “And China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone.”

Trump said trade was the incentive for China to work with the United States. Still, he said the United States could “totally” handle the situation in North Korea without China’s help.

Asked how he would tackle North Korea, Trump said: “I’m not going to tell you. You know, I am not the United States of the past where we tell you where we are going to hit in the Middle East.”

While China provides diplomatic and economic support to its neighbour, it claims that its influence over Kim Jong Un’s government is limited.

The relationship between the United States and China has been uncertain since Trump’s election. During his campaign he accused China of unfair trade practices and threatened to raise import taxes on Chinese goods and declare Beijing a currency manipulator, though it is unclear whether Trump will follow through with either threat.

Trump told the newspaper that he doesn’t “want to talk about tariffs yet, perhaps the next time we meet.”

Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, also offered tough talk on China, saying on ABC’s This Week that the U.S. is pressing China to take a firmer stand regarding North Korea’s nuclear program.

U.N. resolutions have failed so far to deter North Korea from conducting nuclear and missile tests. Last year, the North conducted two nuclear tests and two dozen tests of ballistic missiles.

“They need to show us how concerned they are,” Haley said. “They need to put pressure on North Korea. The only country that can stop North Korea is China, and they know that.”

Asked what the U.S. would do if China doesn’t co-operate, Haley said: “China has to co-operate.”

Former Defence Secretary Ash Carter, however, said he doubted that Beijing will co-operate.

“I’ve been working on the North Korea problem since 1994,” Carter said on ABC. “And we have consistently asked Chinese leaders… because they uniquely have the historical and the economic relationship with North Korea to make a difference.

“They haven’t used that influence, and so it’s hard for me to be optimistic with that,” he said.


 
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Trump says U.S. is ready to act alone on North Korea

  1. Now THERE’S a pair of cartoon characters!

  2. Well if China does not help with North Korea, the only other option for the USA is a nuclear missile strike. That is what Trump means by not good for anybody.

    • It’s on the other side of the world from the US and none of their business.

      And ‘nuclear’ is definitely out.

  3. Unfortunately, Trump has lost his credibility entirely. No longer can you tell whether he is now speaking the truth or making something up. Very sad.

  4. Go Get ’em Tiger

  5. “I’m not going to tell you. You know, I am not the United States of the past where we tell you where we are going to hit in the Middle East.”

    Trump has a plan. A big plan. The biggest plan. Just like the secret plan to defeat ISIS that he talked about during the campaign – a plan so secret that to this day Trump hasn’t even shared it with with his own generals.