US may act alone on North Korea, Trump says
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 18:10
Any effort to curb North Korea's weapons program will need to involve China, a senior USA military official said on Tuesday, just days after President Donald Trump said Washington might deal with Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs on its own if need be.
On the campaign trail and since taking office, Trump has argued China is responsible for the continued nuclear proliferation in North Korea.
Anchor: The U.S. president has again expressed his intentions to solve the North Korean nuclear and missile issues, saying that he will discuss the matter at the upcoming U.S.
Trump wants China to do more to exert its economic influence over unpredictable Pyongyang to restrain its nuclear and missile programs, while Beijing has said it does not have that kind of influence.
Ignoring numerous condemnations and sanctions from the global community, North Korea has continued to test its missile capabilities and its nuclear devices. The recent uptick in launch activity is particularly alarming for US allies nearby: Japan and South Korea.
The ministry said that the government will keep working to increase global coordination through the UNSC against the North's repeated provocations and vowed to do its best to protect the lives of its people and national security based on the strong alliance with the US and unwavering military readiness.
Meanwhile US President Donald Trump said the US was prepared to act unilaterally to deal with North Korea's nuclear program if China didn't.
His comments, in an interview with the Financial Times, were interpreted as an effort to up the pressure on Beijing ahead of a summit on Thursday and Friday. Many take just two words: North Korea, fair trade, currency manipulation, patent theft, cyber assault. However, according to an unnamed official who spoke with Reuters on Sunday, the recommendations now lean more toward new sanctions and increased pressure on Beijing to influence its neighbor's behavior.
But Trump has long indicated he considers autocrat Kim Jong-un a major threat.
There are fears that Pyongyang could eventually develop the ability to launch long-range nuclear missiles capable of striking the mainland United States.
On March 22nd, North Korea, unsuccessfully attempted to launch its third rocket since Trump's inauguration in January.
"Seoul is right there on the borders of the DMZ, so even though the outcome is certain, it is a very destructive war", he said.
In a separate interview, USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States is looking to China to take action against North Korea.
"U.S. Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our Republic of Korea and Japanese allies to maintain security", the military command in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region said. "All options are on the table".
US and South Korean officials said earlier that North Korea fired a ballistic missile into its eastern waters Wednesday. "It is all about trade".
Ahead of the talks, the China-US trade in goods amounted to Dollars 519.6 billion in 2016, a manifold increase since 1979 when the two countries set up diplomatic ties. He is expected to report on the conclusion of the investigation in 90 days.
China has a large share in the bilateral trade with its exports to U.S. amounting to about US$ 400 billion.
Like many nations, China is still grappling with Trump's mercurial nature after the relative transparency and predictability of the bilateral relationship under Barack Obama.