Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

On North Korea, Trump signals break with US-China policy

Donald Trump said China was'working with us on the issue – the first confirmation the two nations were collaborating Donald Trump said China was'working with us on the issue – the first confirmation the two nations were collaborating
Melinda Barton | 19 April, 2017, 07:21

Sunday on ABC's "This Week", discussing the Kim Jong Un regime's recent uptick in testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile, President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster said Trump would act "in the best interest of the American people" if necessary.

Asked about his next move after Pyongyang's failed missile launch on Sunday, the USA president said: "You'll see".

A sales manager for a Sinotruck dealer, Zhongnanhai, said the company exports about 1,000 trucks to North Korea every year under contracts that specify the vehicles are designed and manufactured for civilian use.

'President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change.

Hours after North Korea paraded its weaponry and attempted a missile launch, President Trump's national security adviser said the USA leader will not allow Kim Jong Un's regime to have the capacity to threaten the U.S.

"We're going to be watching what the Chinese do", she said.

He said the National Security Council was collaborating with the Pentagon, the State Department, and intelligence agencies to provide Mr Trump with options.

General McMaster said the latest missile launch "fits a pattern of provocative and destabilising and threatening behaviour on the part of the North Korean regime".

The General said it was the consensus of the United States, along with allies in the region, that "this problem is coming to a head". "And so it's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully".

The US hopes China - North Korea's largest trading partner - can apply pressure to Pyongyang to curtain its nuclear ambitions.

China has been less aggressive than the United States in seeking to cool down North Korea's aggressive development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Pyongyang then rolled out its deadly arsenal on Saturday. But if the Chinese are unsuccessful, the US will move to increase pressure on North Korea on its own.

Former South Korea nuclear envoy Chun Yung-woo, who later served as vice foreign minister, gave a less flattering assessment, calling Wu China's "most incompetent official", citing his lack of English and stalwart adherence to China's party line, according to a 2010 USA diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks.

Thousands of US and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry had been deployed last month in their biggest-ever jont military exercises. They have a pretty good power, not a great power perhaps, but a pretty good power over North Korea.