China Hits Back at Trump on North Korea

Katrina Barker
August 3, 2017

North Korea's progress in developing long range ICBMs is exceeding almost all projections, and a few knowledgeable people now believe that some of our major east coast cities are now vulnerable to attack.

"I am very disappointed in China", Trump wrote over two Twitter messages. And China has essentially acted like it no longer wishes to be bothered in interfering with our North Korea problem. He also told reporters on Monday that the U.S. would now "handle everything" on the issue.

The piece followed Trump's statements on Twitter this weekend accusing China of doing "nothing" about North Korea, after a short-lived honeymoon period with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping following their April summit in Florida.

A bill that would further sanction North Korea now sits on President Trump's desk.

Since then, it's become clearer that China will not take a harder line on Pyongyang.

According to Vzglyad columnist Petr Akopov, the North Korean issue initially emerged as a tool for blackmail against China.

If China does not change its posture, the US should take clear and firm action to seek to ensure China's cooperation.

As a result, the Trump administration's warmongering rhetoric appears to be both ludicrous and risky: on the one hand, no one in their right mind would believe that Pyongyang is going to conduct a preemptive nuclear strike against the U.S.; on the other hand, USA hawks' enthusiasm about the possibility of war between North Korea and the United States raises serious concerns. "China controls North Korea", he said in 2013. And while experts question how soon a reliable nuclear weapon can be fired on a missile, it is wise to assume that North Korea's program will continue to advance, putting the United States and its allies South Korea and Japan at greater risk, unless a way is found to break the present cycle of threats and testing.

Any new U.N. Security Council resolution "that does not significantly increase the global pressure on North Korea is of no value", Haley said, adding that Japan and South Korea also needed to do more.

Abe and Trump did not discuss military action against North Korea, nor what would constitute the crossing of a "red line" by Pyongyang, Deputy Chief Cabinet spokesman Koichi Hagiuda told reporters.

"That's where the threat to peace comes from: the United States' potential attack against North Korea, a country that doesn't pose a threat to the United States, but on the contrary, has been living for 65 years in the cross hairs of American weapons", Akopov concluded.

"Trump is quite a personality, and he likes to tweet", said Xinhua, China's official news agency, in an editorial displayed on Chinese news websites.

While China has taken a few small steps in response to North Korea's nuclear missile tests, it has largely maintained normal economic relations with North Korea, despite the sanctions put in place by numerous United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.

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