Trump won’t let China ‘do noth­ing’

The Korea Times - - FRONT PAGE -

WASH­ING­TON (AFP) — U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump warned Satur­day that he would not al­low China to “do noth­ing” on North Korea, af­ter the her­mit state launched an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile (ICBM) 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 U.S. af­ter the ICBM that weapons ex­perts said could even bring New York into range — in a ma­jor chal­lenge to Trump.

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

In his cri­tique of Bei­jing, which came in two tweets, Trump linked trade strains with the Asian gi­ant — marked by a trade deficit of $309 bil­lion last year — to pol­icy on North Korea, af­ter South Korea in­di­cated it was speed­ing the de­ploy­ment of a U.S. mis­sile de­fense 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,” Trump wrote. “We will no longer al­low this to con­tinue. China could eas­ily solve this prob­lem!”

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

He de­nounced the launch as “reck­less and dan­ger­ous” and re­jected Py­ongyang’s claims that such tests helped en­sure its se­cu­rity. He vowed to take “all nec­es­sary steps to en­sure the se­cu­rity of the Amer­i­can home­land and pro­tect our al­lies in the re­gion.”

Weapons ex­perts said the al­ti­tude and flight time of Fri­day’s mis­sile sug­gested it was sig­nif­i­cantly more pow­er­ful than the ear­lier July 4 test, with a the­o­ret­i­cal range of around 10,000 kilo­me­ters mean­ing it might be able to reach east coast U.S. cities, de­pend­ing on the pay­load size.

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