President Trump is ready for North Korea.
Aside from his notable achievements over the weekend, including an executive order to protect the Veterans Affairs Department whistleblowers, Trump did something else: initiated a deal with China to put North Korea in its place.
100 Days in the Rearview Mirror: Where Will Trump Go Next?
Now that the pressures of the 100-day mark became outdated, Trump can move forward.
President Trump is entering the next phase of the administration, vowing to take on North Korea. While he prefers the diplomatic approach, Trump makes it clear that military action might be necessary. Furthermore, in an interview, Trump states that the country is prepared for the worst with Kim Jong Un.
President Trump describes the young president as a threat, and the country must be prepared to do what is necessary — and not allow Kim Jung Un to continue with nuclear testing.
Military action is not something Trump will rule out, but for now, he is hoping that the new sanctions will tighten the reigns and force North Korea to stop testing.
A Defining Moment for the Trump Presidency
The issues with North Korea are the defining moments of Trump’s presidency. It is also the most pressing issue on his platter. Even as he works toward tax reform and health care alternatives, Trump cannot deny the attention North Korea is taking away.
The House now plans to vote on a bill that will issue further sanctions against North Korea. This time, the sanctions target the shipping industry and those using slave labor abroad from North Korea. Trump plans to add diplomatic and economic pressures onto North Korea, which will push them to change their course of action — if they want their country to thrive.
Trump Still Willing for Open Negotiations
While sanctions and the possibility of military action loom behind, Trump makes it clear that he has no issues with negotiating with North Korea. He wants full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula — something China seeks, too.
North Korea Threatens Nuclear War
North Korea is not open to talks, yet.
Instead, a spokesman for the North Korea foreign ministry states that North Korea has strengthened and will continue to do so until their nuclear program reaches “maximum,” reports Fox News.
North Korea conducted yet another missile test over the weekend. The weekend test is now the fifth nuclear test since the UN Security Council issued unilateral sanctions.
China Won’t be “Happy” with Further Testing
It is not just the United States threatening North Korea. In fact, China has agreed that stopping North Korea’s tests is top-priority for the world. The rising tensions have brought together China and the U.S. and might include an alliance between the two countries.
China works in close collaboration with the United States, acting as a barrier between the two countries. China hopes to resolve the issue diplomatically as well, but may join military forces with the U.S. if necessary.
Per CNN, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson states that China has threatened North Korea with sanctions if they undergo further testing. They confirmed with the U.S. that they have requested no further tests from North Korea, and that they would take their own sanction actions against North Korea if they defied such request.
China remains one of the only allies of North Korea, and they are the primary reason for laxed sanctions thus far. However, China is now being asked to join the United States. In the past, it was assumed China would take limited action, but the Trump administration is willing to test that theory and request more assistance from China.