Just before the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the U.S., President Donald Trump has dropped a bombshell, saying his administration would be willing to take unilateral action on North Korea if the Chinese government was unwilling to help.
In an interview with the Financial Times on Sunday, Trump said that “if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you.”
Trump also promised to use trade as a lever to get the Chinese to act on the North Koreans.
According to Reuters, Xi was scheduled to arrive at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida later this week.
China has put financial sanctions on North Korea in the past, but has been unwilling to intervene further for fear of destabilization, which could lead to an influx of refugees across its border.
“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,” Trump said.
“Trade is the incentive,” he added. “It is all about trade.”
It’s become clear that the North Korean regime is increasingly unstable. Between the missile launches, the unrestrained nuclear development, and the fact that Kim Jong-un is willing to threaten war over the fact that Sen. John McCain called him “fat,” the nation represents a serious threat to world peace and stability.
If the Chinese refuse to deal with a problem their inaction has enabled for decades, then America needs to go it alone to make sure the North Korean problem doesn’t turn into a nuclear crisis. Let’s hope that doesn’t occur and that Chinese leadership comes to its senses about this serious threat.
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H/T The Daily Caller