In a blunt message to Beijing ahead of a scheduled visit by Chinese leader Xi Jinping this week, U.S. President Donald Trump said America will act alone against a reclusive North Korea if China fails to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Admitting that China has great control over its ally N. Korea, Trump also signaled leveraging trade as an incentive to secure Beijing’s cooperation.
Trump’s nudge to China comes amid apprehensions that N. Korea might successfully develop nuclear arsenal capable of striking the mainland U.S., writes the BBC. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in March that all options, including pre-emptive military action against Pyongyang, were “on the table,” although initial phase of action involves tackling the Asian state via sanctions and other diplomatic pressure.
China, which has recently adopted a stern economic approach against N. Korea, has refrained from taking drastic measures that might destabilize regional peace and send millions of refugees across its border, notes Reuters.