Trump on North Korea: 'We handle everything'

Marie Harrington
August 3, 2017

"We're going to be able to handle them".

President Trump's tweets have raised an eyebrow or several, but one country is officially rolling its eyes. US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley responded by saying "the time for talk (with North Korea) is over".

With the United States increasing sanctions on North Korea - the latest, a ban on its citizens visiting Pyongyang - and calling for more severe global sanctions, Li made Beijing's opposition to more stringent sanctions clear. And China has essentially acted like it no longer wishes to be bothered in interfering with our North Korea problem.

But in early July she told the Security Council that if it is united, the worldwide community can cut off major sources of hard currency to North Korea, restrict oil to its military and weapons programs, increase air and maritime restrictions, and hold senior officials accountable. But their greater fear is that North Korea's government could collapse, sending millions of refugees fleeing across the border and effectively handing power over the peninsula to South Korea, which in turn means putting a USA ally on China's border.

A bill that would further sanction North Korea now sits on President Trump's desk. "The US must send a clear message to China's government".

In a letter to Trump, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer urged him to use his authority through the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, to pressure Beijing by suspending approval of "all mergers and acquisitions in the Chinese entities".

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Trump returned to his practice of attacking China on Twitter over the weekend, expressing disappointment in China's failure to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea, which tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Friday that can strike American targets across the country.

Beyond the buffer role of North Korea and the dangers of an implosion of the regime, it may well be that Beijing has a vested interest in seeing the emergence of a North Korea nuclear.

While people talk about China a lot, if the two principal parties refuse to move towards what is required by Security Council resolutions, the de-escalation of tension, negotiation to achieve denuclearization and peace and stability, and also to resume dialogue then no matter how capable China is, China's efforts will not yield practical results.

Qian emphasized the mutual benefits of China's trade with the USA and said that couldn't be linked to issues concerning the Pyongyang regime.

"Pyongyang is determined to develop its nuclear and missile program and does not care about military threats from the US and South Korea". He said Japan and the United States would take steps towards concrete action but did not give details.

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