Trump to China: Help on North Korea for a good trade deal

"North Korea is looking for trouble", he warned Tuesday morning.

However, China, who are always fast to react to any potential threat, have moved around 150,000 troops to its border to deal with any influx of refugees that may spill into their country should the US decide to attack North Korea.

"If China decides to help, that would be great", he said.

The 333-meter-long Carl Vinson, which is the core of the fleet of USA aircraft carriers, can carry about 90 aircraft.

In response to their latest provocations, the pentagon deployed the USS Carl Vinson with an escort of a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers to the region late last week. North Korea's main backer for years has been China, which carries out 85% of North Korea's external trade and provides a similar percentage of its energy imports.

South Korean presidential hopeful Moon Jae-in told a local newspaper that he would deal with North Korea's nuclear ambitions through direct talks with dictator Kim Jong Un.

USA allies South Korea and Japan, which has seen previous North Korean missile tests fall within 200 miles of its coast, both supported the deployment of the Vinson group.

Still, Wormuth acknowledged that the new national security adviser, Defense secretary and Joint Chiefs chairman are but one faction among a number of competing power centers inside the White House and administration. But the initial signs suggest that Trump's tougher posture, far from producing panic in South Korea, might in fact be seen as pivotal to bringing China around to Seoul's way of thinking.

"This is what they count on for regime survival. If they failed to convene an SPA session, that would be an indication that there is a fundamental problem among DPRK elites", said Michael Madden, editor of the North Korea Leadership Watch website.

According to The Guardian, most USA national security officials are of the belief that any preemptive strike against North Korea would trigger disastrous counterattacks against South Korea and us bases in the region.

"We will hold the USA wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions", a spokesman for its Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Hwang ordered the military to intensify monitoring of the North's activities and to ensure close communication with its ally, the US. The first Tuesday morning tweet reflects such an approach to foreign policy, offering Xi something in return for his increased pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The US last week sent a naval strike group to the region in a show of force against Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

"Are we going to try to shoot that intercontinental ballistic missile down? These are some of the questions that should be asked when it comes to Korea", he said. It remains to be seen if the South Korean-Chinese action will be good enough for the Trump administration. During that phone conversation, no mention was made of dispatching the aircraft carrier to waters near the Korean Peninsula.

"We are sending an Armada".

Compare this to North Korea, which has 700,000 active soldiers, but a whopping 4.5 million reserves. "That I can tell you".

There are fears that Pyongyang could eventually develop the ability to launch long-range nuclear missiles capable of striking the mainland US.

  • Leroy Wright