Trilateral talks between Donald Trump, his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, isn’t bearing any fruits, and the US President has expressed concerns over this deteriorating situation.
Mr. Trump made a conference call to the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Xi from the White House last Sunday.
Image: US President Donald Trump and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
The discussions focused on how N. Korea’s nuclear threats could be handled without bloodshed, having said in briefing ahead of his 100th day in office that “there is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with Pyongyang.”
He confessed in the statement that Kim’s government doesn’t look fazed by economic and political sanctions, or threats of both.
“We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult…” Mr. Trump added.
During last week’s Group of 20 nations summit in Germany, the US President also discussed this matter of growing interest with both leaders — Xi and his Japanese counterpart.
While Trump and Abe reiterated their commitment to persuading the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to desist from its nuclear arms race, political analysts believe China isn’t playing its cards as expected.
“It’s important for these three nations to show their strong unity and cooperation both within and without,” Suga Yoshihide, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary said ahead of the G20 Meeting. “Things such as strengthening pressure on North Korea or urging China to fulfill even more of a role. Things like this have been agreed on before as well.”
Trump is getting frustrated with China and the sluggish manner it has handled matters relating to North Korea‘s arrogance. However, he’s being hopeful at the moment.
“We can’t let a madman with nuclear weapons let on the loose like that,” the billionaire president said during a discussion with Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte earlier this year. “We have a lot of firepower, more than he has, times 20 — but we don’t want to use it.”
The 71-year-old business mogul thinks business with Beijing may no longer be happy-go-lucky as before, unless the Asian tiger makes up its mind to mount serious pressure on their errant ally DPRK.
“Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula,” the White House said of the telephone discussions with Abe and Xi.
“President Trump reiterated his determination to seek more balanced trade relations with America’s trading partners,” the statement added.
“They [Abe and Trump] reaffirmed that the United States-Japan Alliance stands ready to defend and respond to any threat or action taken by North Korea.”
Speaking about the discussions, China’s Foreign Ministry said Trump and Xi shared ideas on the “peace and stability of the Korean peninsula.” No further comments added.
“‘Negative factors’ have affected Sino-U.S. relations, and China has already expressed its position to the United States,” Xi told Trump, reading from a prepared note.
Last Thursday, the United States targeted a Chinese bank and sanctioned Chinese individuals and a firm for dealing with North Korea.
Meanwhile, China is counting Trump’s dependable government to “appropriately handle” the Taiwan issue by expressly acknowledging the Chinese position that “there is only one China and Taiwan is part of it.”
Media reports just confirmed North Korea launched another Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) missile on Tuesday. Japan said it appeared to have landed within its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
“The initial analysis by South Korean and the U.S. authorities is assuming that today’s provocation was of a mid-to-long range missile, but we are not ruling out the possibility of the missile being ICBM class,” South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In said, according to a press pool report on Tuesday.
“If the missile indeed was an ICBM type, we will seek relevant response,” he said.
Trump took to social media and expressed his opinion on North Korea.
“Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” the US President asked in a Twitter post. “Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!”
The North Korean news agency said the missile was a Hwasong-14 ICBM.
Kim’s government claimed the test was the final step in creating a “confident and powerful nuclear state that can strike anywhere on Earth,” according to a report from the Associated Press.