President Trump: We Are Prepared to Deal With North Korea Alone
President Trump claims the United States is prepared to act alone against North Korea’s nuclear program.
In an interview with the Financial Times, that comes days before hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida, the President is signaling his willingness to act without China. Trump has criticized China for its handling of North Korea. The two are expected to discuss a number of issues. This includes North Korea, trade, and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
“Yes, we will talk about North Korea,” Trump told the newspaper, “And China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone.
When asked how he would tackle North Korea, Trump said: “I’m not going to tell you. You know, I am not the United States of the past where we tell you where we are going to hit in the Middle East.”
While China provides diplomatic and economic support to its neighbor, it claims that its influence over Kim Jong-un’s government is limited.
President Trump and China
U.N. resolutions have failed to deter North Korea from conducting nuclear and missile tests. Last year, the North conducted two nuclear tests and two dozen tests of ballistic missiles.
Former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, however, says he doubts that China will cooperate.
“I’ve been working on the North Korea problem since 1994,” Carter said on ABC. “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,” he said.