U.S. warns North Korea diplo­matic win­dow clos­ing

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Julie Pace and Edith M. Lederer

WASH­ING­TON» The United States warned Wed­nes­day that North Korea was “quickly clos­ing off” the prospect of a diplo­matic res­o­lu­tion to its provo­ca­tions, as the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion launched a govern­ment-wide ef­fort to iden­tify op­tions for con­fronting Py­ongyang fol­low­ing its un­prece­dented in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile launch.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and other se­nior of­fi­cials dan­gled the prospect of pun­ish­ing coun­tries that trade with North Korea — a threat aimed di­rectly at China, Py­ongyang’s big­gest bene­fac­tor. In a tweet Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Trump ques­tioned why the U.S. should con­tinue what he sees as bad trade deals “with coun­tries that do not help us.”

His mes­sage was bol­stered at the United Na­tions, where U.S. Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley told an emer­gency meet­ing of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion was eye­ing penal­ties against “any coun­try that does busi­ness with this out­law regime.” She also raised the specter of mil­i­tary ac­tion, declar­ing that the U.S. was pre­pared to use force if nec­es­sary.

“Their ac­tions are quickly clos­ing off the pos­si­bil­ity of a diplo­matic so­lu­tion,” she said of North Korea’s lead­ers.

Some ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials are still hold­ing out hope of per­suad­ing China to ratchet up eco­nomic pres­sure on Py­ongyang, de­spite Trump’s in­creas­ingly pes­simistic at­ti­tude to­ward Bei­jing. Trump, who de­parted for Europe early Wed­nes­day, is sched­uled to meet Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping on the side­lines of the Group of 20 sum­mit in Ger­many.

Thus far, China and North Korea have proven to be im­per­vi­ous to Trump’s tough talk and threat­en­ing tweets. Py­ongyang height­ened ten­sions this week with the test of a mis­sile ca­pa­ble of hit­ting the U.S., a step of­fi­cials de­scribed as a wor­ri­some es­ca­la­tion by an un­pre­dictable regime and per­haps the most press­ing threat fac­ing a new U.S. pres­i­dent with lit­tle na­tional se­cu­rity ex­pe­ri­ence.

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