Trump says US is ready to act alone on North Korea
Apr 04 2017
President Donald Trump said the US can "totally" address North Korea's nuclear threat unilaterally if China doesn't cooperate to put pressure on that nation, according to the Financial Times.
Trump plans to ask President Xi Jinping of China to help put pressure on North Korea during their scheduled meeting this week at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. "That is all I am telling you".
And North Korea is expected to be one of the main topics of discussion.
Wilder told Financial Times that the president is trying to warn China that the United States is about to begin instituting "secondary sanctions" on North Korea, including sanctions on "Chinese companies and individuals who deal with North Korea". After all, Beijing is North Korea's closest ally and its main supplier of food, weapons and other goods.
"China has great influence over North Korea".
North Korea has been developing and testing its ballistic missile technology, and South Korean intelligence has warned that North Korea could conduct its sixth nuclear bomb test in the first week of April to "overshadow" the summit. But if the talks with Xi don't produce Trump's desired result of getting Beijing to solve the North Korean nuclear problem, Trump said the USA would take action.
"If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don't, it won't be good for anyone", Trump added.
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.
Beijing fears a potential North Korean collapse, which would result in "a unified Korea allied with the United States on their border", Carter said.
The chief US concern is North Korea's efforts to develop an intercontinental nuclear missile that could carry a nuclear warhead and be capable of hitting the United States.
Trump told the newspaper that he doesn't "want to talk about tariffs yet, perhaps the next time we meet".
Although the long-standing option of pre-emptive military strikes against North Korea is not off the table, the review gives priority to less-risky steps and "de-emphasizes direct military action", the official said. However, while one of Trump's opening salvos after the election was to telephone Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen - not the PRC's favorite person - during a phone call with Xi to set the stage for this week's meeting, he subsequently affirmed the One China policy: that the legitimate Chinese government is the Communist Party of China and the People's Republic of China, and that Taiwan is a province of that country, not an independent nation.