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Trump To China: Deal With North Korea, “If Not, We Will Solve The Problem…”

Trump To China: Deal With North Korea, “If Not, We Will Solve The Problem…”

After his meeting over the weekend with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Trump has declared today that North Korea is “looking for trouble” and he expects China to help with controlling the threat, or the U.S would look to “…solve the problem” by themselves.

President Trump tweeted how he’d explained to the Chinese President the importance of a trade deal with the U.S., which would be sweetened provided the Chinese could settle the North Korean problem.

 

 

With a follow up tweet, the POTUS made it clear that the U.S. wasn’t averse to solving the problem by themselves if the Chinese were unable to help.

North Korea performed its fourth missile test for this year as it launched a ballistic missile last Tuesday in the Sea of Japan. Speculation has it that the North Koreans are expected to launch another missile test on April 15th, to mark the occasion of the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung.

With the U.S. ordering its aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, to head out to the Sea of Japan, North Korea was seen reacting strongly against the carrier’s deployment. As per a report by The Associate Press, North Korea’s foreign ministry spokesperson said, “We will hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.” North Korea also took a stance towards the importance of maintaining its nuclear program to protect itself, pointing out the U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a cause, citing the “evermore reckless moves for a war” by the U.S.

As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson currently deals with the ongoing Syrian and Russian issue, in an interview with ABC this past week, was asked as to what the U.S. message was to North Korea, to which he replied, “I think the message that any nation can take is if you violate international norms, if you violate international agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken.”

Following the Chinese President’s visit, in a statement released Friday night, the White House said “The two sides noted the urgency of the threat of North Korea’s weapons programs, reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean peninsula, and committed to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions. They agreed to increase cooperation and work with the international community to convince North Korea to peacefully resolve the issue and dismantle its illegal nuclear and missile programs.”

While the White House did not disclose any specifics on how the two nations planned to deal with the growing North Korean nuclear threat, Tillerson wasn’t any different as he avoided disclosing any information on whether the POTUS had managed to convince President Xi on taking a more aggressive approach when dealing with North Korea.

In the interview with ABC Tillerson added that, “[President Xi] expressed a view that he wanted to be supportive in terms of causing the regime in Pyongyang to change its view around the future need for those weapons”

With Tillerson disclosing that the two countries had been “very candid” in their talks, he went on to add,”I think we need to allow them time to take actions and we will continue to be in very close discussions with them.”

However it will be interesting to see how this story further develops as Trump continues to stand by his earlier comments to the Financial Times, “Well, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you.”

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