Nuclear problem will be solved, Trump vows
US President Donald Trump promised yesterday that North Korea will be solved, as G7 powers opened a summit that will confront a series of missile tests by the nuclear-armed nation.
Trump’s tough talk came in a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan which, along with South Korea, is most immediately threatened by North Korean belligerence.
But the isolated regime has also threatened to target places further afield such as the US West Coast, and Trump has called North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong-un a madman with nuclear weapons.
“We will be discussing many things including North Korea, which is very much on our minds,” Trump said in the Sicilian town of Taormina as he held bilateral talks with Abe at the start of the two-day G7 summit.
“It’s a big problem, it’s a world problem. It will be solved, you can bet on that.”
North Korea carried out two atomic tests last year and has accelerated its missile launch programme, despite tough UN sanctions aimed at denying Kim the hard currency needed to fund his weapons ambitions.
So far Washington has opted for sanctions and diplomatic pressure, while looking to China, the North’s closest ally, to help rein in Pyongyang.
Abe said he intended to use the G7 summit to underscore the danger posed by the unpredictable regime in North Korea.
“The issue of North Korea is a grave threat, not only to East Asia but also to the world,” he said, urging the G7 to act resolutely.
Pyongyang’s launches this year have included a Hwa- song-12 intermediate-range missile, which the North claimed was capable of carrying a heavy nuclear warhead, fuelling tensions with Washington.
The US is worried that if Kim is not stopped, other countries in the region, including Japan and South Korea, will be compelled to seek their own nuclear capability as a defence measure.
Washington says it is willing to enter into talks with North Korea if it halts its nuclear and missile tests, but it has also warned that military intervention is an option. – AFP
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