President Donald Trump declared that if China fails put pressure on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the U.S. is prepared to take action on its own and do whatever is necessary to disable Pyongyang’s nuclear threat.
In an interview with the Financial Times published Sunday, President Trump said that “if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.” He adds, “China will either decide to help us with North Korea or they won’t.”
The Daily Caller reports:
The National Security Council has reportedly completed a review of North Korea policy options, and Trump asserts that it is “totally” possible for the U.S. to deal with North Korea without China. U.S. responses could range from tougher sanctions, including secondary sanctions, to more aggressive actions, such as the use of military force.
During the presidential campaign, Trump has argued that China has allowed North Korea to grow its nuclear capability. Trump will host Chinese president Xi Jinping this week at the White House and at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where the leaders are expected to tackle North Korea.
Trump did not provide details about how he intends to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threat, but when asked what might motivate China to help, the president said, “I think trade is the incentive. It is all about trade.”