Donald Trump says US prepared to go it alone on North Korea nuclear threat

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Donald Trump says US prepared to go it alone on North Korea nuclear threat

A North Korean ballistic missile test CREDIT: KCNA
3 APRIL 2017 • 9:09AM


The US will take unilateral action to eliminate the North Korean nuclear threat if China does not help bring pressure to bear on Pyongyang, Donald Trump has warned.

Mr Trump, who will meet Xi Jinping, the president of China, for the first time on Thursday, said the US would go it alone if Beijing refuses to cooperate, but refused to say whether he implied taking military action against the hermit dictatorship.

“China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t,” Mr Trump said in an interview with the Financial Times.

“If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone.”

“If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you,” he added.

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Conventional thinking is that China would have to take a lead role in imposing further sanctions on the regime in Pyongyang because of its economic leverage.

Mr Trump has been deeply critical of China in the past, especially its trade policy. However, he said he hoped that would not stand in the way of a deal being reached at the summit with Mr Xi at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida next week.


Donald Trump and Xi Jinping CREDIT: AP
“I have great respect for him. I have great respect for China. I would not be at all surprised if we did something that would be very dramatic and good for both countries and I hope so,” he told the paper.


Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, also issued a stark warning saying America would "no longer take excuses from China".

Mrs Haley said: "They need to show us how concerned they are. They need to put pressure on North Korea. The only country that can stop North Korea is China, and they know that.

"China has to cooperate. This is now down to, do we want to continue to see these ballistic missile attacks from North Korea or does China want to do something about it?"

Mrs Haley spoke as the US took over the rotating presidency of the Security Council. She added: "We're going to say what we think, and we're going to move the ball and that's what this is about."

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Concern has been mounting about the North Korean missile program in the US for some years. Barack Obama’s administration identified North Korea as the top national security issue for Mr Trump’s administration during the handover of power.

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Some US security officials believe Kim Jong Un’s regime may have a nuclear-armed missile capable of hitting the United States within four years.

South Korean intelligence warned last week that another nuclear test by the North is imminent, with analysts suggesting Pyongyang may seek "overshadow" the US-Chinese summit in Florida with a show of force.

South Korean government sources told the Korea JoongAng Daily that preparations at the North's Punggye-ri nuclear proving grounds would be completed before the weekend.

Last month, North Korea fired a missile into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula just as Mr Trump was hosting Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, at Mar-a-Lago.

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Rah Jong-yil, a former head of South Korean intelligence, told the Telegraph that China could tackle the issue “very easily by closing the border entirely and completely strangling all business and economic traffic between the two countries."


Last week US senator John McCain said only Beijing could control Kim Jong-un, who he branded “crazy fat kid.”

Mr McCain told MSNBC earlier this month: “China is the only one that can control Kim Jong-un, this crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea. They could stop North Korea’s economy in a week.”

On Thursday Mr Trump had warned the summit would be "very difficult".

He said: "The meeting next week with China will be very a difficult one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses. American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives."

The summit is taking place at Mar-a-Lago, Mr Trump's palatial club in Florida which has been called the "Winter White House"

His son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has emerge as a key architect of the summit along with Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador.

The two men chose Mar-a-Lago as the venue and have reportedly worked closely on crafting a joint statement the two leaders will deliver.

Mr Kushner and his wife Ivanka, Mr Trump's daughter, were said to have been invited to the Chinese Embassy in February.

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Ash Carter, US Defence Secretary under President Barack Obama, said he doubted Beijing would cooperate.

He said: "I've been working on the North Korea problem since 1994 and we have consistently asked Chinese leaders, because they uniquely have the historical and the economic relationship with North Korea, to make a difference. They haven't used that influence, and so it's hard for me to be optimistic with that."


Mr Carter, speaking on Sunday shortly before Mr Trump's comments, warned a US pre-emptive strike against North Korea’s nuclear weapons risked triggering an invasion of South Korea.

"I'm confident of the outcome of that war, which would be the defeat of North Korea," he said. "But I need to caution you, this is a war, an intensity of violence associated with it, that we haven't seen since the last Korean War.

"Even though the outcome is certain, it is a very destructive war so one needs to proceed very carefully here."

Mr Trump said he believed Brexit would be a “great deal" for the UK and also " really good" for the European Union.

His view on whether other countries would leave the EU appeared to have moderated, and he now believed they were less likely to.

He said Europe seemed to be "really holding" and had done a "better job" since the UK voted to leave.
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Why would PRC want to shut down Noko?
It removes the buffer.

To vent out tensions in a region, buffers are used, in war and in peace.
PRC wouldn't let go of Noko without some noise.
Trump's statments are rhetoric in nature
 

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OK, first of all in order to start a war, you have to provoke the opponent. Now what are the possible provocations?

Second, if NK is bluffing regarding it Nukes, how will it respond to the provocation?

Third if it really has the weapons, will it launch it from the start? Or will US start with massive bombing to take out the nukes from the word go?

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Ash Carter on where a US pre-emptive strike on North Korea could lead
By Joy LinApr 2, 2017, 12:22 PM ET

WATCH: The Deputy National Security Adviser says Pyongyang could be able to hit the U.S. with a nuclear-armed missile before the end of Trump's term.
Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a U.S. preemptive strike against North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program could prompt the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, to try to invade South Korea.


Carter, who served as defense secretary in the Obama administration, told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on “This Week” Sunday that if the U.S. preemptively strikes North Korea, “It's quite possible that they would as a consequence of that launch … attempt an invasion of South Korea.”



“I'm confident of the outcome of that war, which would be the defeat of North Korea,” Carter said. “But, Martha, I need to caution you, this is a war [with] ... an intensity of violence associated with it that we haven't seen since the last Korean War.”

“Even though the outcome is certain, it is a very destructive war,” the former defense secretary said, noting that the South Korean capital of Seoul, with about 25 million area residents, is on the border between the two countries. “So one needs to proceed very carefully here.”

Carter’s comments come as President Trump is set to meet this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The Trump administration wants China to get North Korea to end its nuclear program.

But Carter said the Chinese have been “unwilling” to take on that role because, in the short term, they are “fearful of a collapse of North Korea or a war” that would result in a “unified Korea allied with the United States on their border.”


Carter also commented on U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s taking a different, tougher tone toward Russia than President Trump himself.

"In strategic affairs, clarity and consistency are very important,” Carter said. “This is our government and our foreign policy, and we all need to wish it success. But there does need to be clarity and consistency."
https://www.google.co.in/amp/abcnew...-emptive-strike-north-korea/story?id=46512192
 

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Just saw program on newsnation US is getting ready for war with North Korea. Decision for war would be taken after Trump eleven jumping pig meeting. And war could start as early as 6th April.

Only problem is it could escalate to world war 3.
 

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Sounds more like he is trying to pressure China to act on North Korea. Very unlikely that US would go to war with NK alone. If US ever attacks NK it would be with tacit support of China.
 

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Just saw program on newsnation US is getting ready for war with North Korea. Decision for war would be taken after Trump eleven jumping pig meeting. And war could start as early as 6th April.

Only problem is it could escalate to world war 3.


Main stake holder
US Japan South Korea
North Korea China Russia Pakistan

China provide arms for North Korea , Russia provide strategy and Intelligence initially and come directly in support lately , Pakistan can provide ground troop .

US provide air superiority , BMD , air strike . But for ground action Japan and South Korea left as main because us will be reluctant to provide ground forces .


This is the police of China and Russia to entangled US in noko so Americans South China Sea dream remain dream . If this happen this leads to global shift in power projection and America will shift to no. 2 leaving no. one spot for China .

Actually after aerial strikes and nuclear annihilation of noko US need a powerful ground force to complete its operation . This is very very imp for future of USA . This will be very important war .
Let's see what happen .
 

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I dont think anything will happen.
You may be right and we pray that nothing will happen but it now will depend on noko and if noko take aggressive stand USA bound to react . The key of noko is in hand of China . So keys lies under table talks , takes and gives between USA and China .
 

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Why would PRC want to shut down Noko?
It removes the buffer.

To vent out tensions in a region, buffers are used, in war and in peace.
PRC wouldn't let go of Noko without some noise.
Trump's statments are rhetoric in nature
Trump is an asshole on drugs,ganja and brown sugar.................
He will emerge as the most Phattu leader of all time
 

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NK is a ally of china , why would Trump even think that china will help US against NK....
 

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Just saw program on newsnation US is getting ready for war with North Korea. Decision for war would be taken after Trump eleven jumping pig meeting. And war could start as early as 6th April.

Only problem is it could escalate to world war 3.
hohoho.....WW3...

hehehe...

popopo...
 

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And KPA will retaliate by flatten the Seoul and other cities with it's long range Artillery let aside Nukes.


Seoul is well within range of M 1989 (Koksan) Artillery. During Kargil War the amount of Arty shells fired on Tiger Hill were enough to pulverize entire Delhi.
 

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Trump is an asshole on drugs,ganja and brown sugar.................
He will emerge as the most Phattu leader of all time
But he sure is a funny guy, I like it. :)
 

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And KPA will retaliate by flatten the Seoul and other cities with it's long range Artillery let aside Nukes.


Seoul is well within range of M 1989 (Koksan) Artillery. During Kargil War the amount of Arty shells fired on Tiger Hill were enough to pulverize entire Delhi.
Yes true.

Apparently Seoul metro is like a dozen klicks from the DMZ.

Majority of NoKo arty is at or near DMZ.

Also Seoul metro has 25M people that means half of SoKo, that's right half of South Korea lives in Seaoul Metropolitan area a couple dozen miles from NoKo arty.
 

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Yes true.

Apparently Seoul metro is like a dozen klicks from the DMZ.

Majority of NoKo arty is at or near DMZ.

Also Seoul metro has 25M people that means half of SoKo, that's right half of South Korea lives in Seaoul Metropolitan area a couple dozen miles from NoKo arty.
That's why it will require a combine Arms effort and full military support from US allies. US alone is not capable to solve the NK problem.
 

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Pussy trump backed out of the One china policy criticism. Who is to say that he won't back out of this? I won't believe that US is going to war with North Korea till it actually begins.
 

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