How to sway North Korea

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Pres­i­dent Trump has pointed out the strong link­age be­tween China and North Korea, and he cor­rectly as­sumes China can in­flu­ence North Korea’s weapons-de­vel­op­ment pro­gram. We must work with China to re­solve this sit­u­a­tion, the Chi­nese en­croach­ment in the South China Sea and the trade-deficit imbalance.

At this junc­ture, the North Korean nu­clear-missile pro­gram is of pri­mary con­cern. China can bring pres­sure on North Korea to stop its de­vel­op­ment of these weapons sys­tems by re­duc­ing its trade with North Korea. One area of trade that comes to mind is the large quan­tity of coal China im­ports from North Korea. It is es­ti­mated this amounts to 22 mil­lion tons per year, or 40 per­cent of North Korea’s coal ex­ports. A re­duc­tion in the im­por­ta­tion of North Korean coal would sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect the North Korean econ­omy, and could force it to change its po­si­tion on arms de­vel­op­ment.

The United States has large quan­ti­ties of coal avail­able for min­ing. It could be sold to China, if cost-ef­fec­tive, to fill that coun­try’s coal-im­por­ta­tion needs. This would help our trade imbalance with China, boost our coal-min­ing in­dus­try and put our coal min­ers back to work.

DON­ALD MOSKOWITZ Lon­don­derry, N.H.

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