Donald Trump does not rule out military action against North Korea

Lester Mason
September 9, 2017

After the phone call, Trump said a military option was not the US' first choice in resolving the issue.

Trump commented Wednesday after speaking by telephone earlier in the day with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng).

Referring to the series of weapons tests, Trump said, "North Korea is behaving badly and it's got to stop".

Trump said he has had a "strong" and "frank" conversation with Xi about North Korea. "We've predicted accurately how it would evolve and why Kim Jong-un would want to do this".

"We will see what happens", he said.

The White House has also set aside, for now, consideration of exiting a free trade pact with South Korea, a senior White House official says.

He complimented Putin and the Russian government over what he said were diverse efforts to find diplomatic solutions to the North Korean problem.

Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang escalated after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test last weekend.

South Korea has warned its citizens in China to avoid "friction" and "needless arguments" with Chinese people after the US military added more launchers to a contentious missile defense system in South Korea that Beijing opposes. It is worth noting that Donald Trump has repeatedly turned to China to assist in dealing with North Korea.

The news also prompted a demonstration by about 400 residents near the Seongju base, about 300 kilometers south of Seoul. "It's that we will defend our allies at all costs", Morell said.


The leaders of South Korea and Japan are holding talks with Putin in Vladivostok on the sidelines of a conference on economic development of Russia's Far East.

Pressure has mounted on Trump to respond as North Korea appears to be getting closer to building a nuclear weapon small enough to be compatible with a missile that can reach the United States.

Wang said the United Nations should take "necessary measures", but added that sanctions and pressure are only half of the equation to solving the current impasse.

The United States asked the U.N.to impose an oil embargo after North Korea's latest and biggest nuclear test.

Russia, which has veto power on the Security Council, has said it opposes cutting off its oil shipments, which amount to less than 40,000 tonnes a year.

In a resolution passed unanimously on August 5, the UN Security Council banned imports of North Korean coal, lead, iron and iron ore and seafood. It also seeks to tighten restrictions on North Korea's ability to send its citizens to work in foreign countries, where they often are required to send their salaries home to the government.

In August, a new round of sanctions banned exports including coal, costing North Korea an estimated $1bn (£767m)- about a third of its entire export economy.

The assets of military-controlled airline, Air Koryo, would be frozen if the draft resolution is adopted.

A further measure in the draft resolution would ban the recruitment of North Korean labourers overseas. The text is being negotiated among council members this week.

It was not known if China would support the tough new moves against Pyongyang.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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