Trump scolds China

US leader de­mands help in halt­ing threat from N Korea

The Cairns Post - - NEWS -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump warned he would not al­low China to “do noth­ing” on North Korea, af­ter the her­mit state launched an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile.

US PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump warned yes­ter­day he would not al­low China to “do noth­ing” on North Korea, af­ter the her­mit state launched an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile it boasted could reach the United States.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un boasted of his coun­try’s abil­ity to strike any tar­get in the US af­ter the week­end ICBM test that weapons ex­perts said could even bring New York into range.

Un­der Kim’s lead­er­ship, North Korea has ac­cel­er­ated its drive to­wards a cred­i­ble nu­clear strike ca­pa­bil­ity, in de­fi­ance of in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion and mul­ti­ple sets of UN sanc­tions.

In his cri­tique of Bei­jing, which came in two tweets, Mr Trump linked trade strains with the Asian gi­ant to pol­icy on North Korea, af­ter South Korea indi­cated it was speed­ing the de­ploy­ment of a US mis­sile de­fence sys­tem that has in­fu­ri­ated China.

“I am very dis­ap­pointed in China. Our fool­ish past lead­ers have al­lowed them to make hun­dreds of bil­lions of dol­lars a year in trade, yet they do NOTH­ING for us with North Korea, just talk,” Mr Trump wrote.

“We will no longer al­low this to con­tinue. China could eas­ily solve this prob­lem!”

Mr Trump, who is at log­ger­heads with Bei­jing over how to han­dle Kim’s regime, has re­peat­edly urged China to rein in its re­cal­ci­trant neigh­bour, but Bei­jing in­sists di­a­logue is the only prac­ti­cal way for­ward.

The tweet storm co­in­cided with two US strate­gic bombers yes­ter­day fly­ing over the Korean Penin­sula in a pointed show of force in re­sponse to the lat­est ICBM tests.

“North Korea re­mains the most ur­gent threat to re­gional sta­bil­ity,” said Gen­eral Ter­rence O’Shaugh­nessy, Pa­cific Air Forces com­man­der.

“If called upon, we are ready to re­spond with rapid, lethal, and over­whelm­ing force at a time and place of our choos­ing.”

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