(National Sentinel) Defense: President Donald J. Trump left a lot to the imagination on Thursday when asked about the situation with North Korea, saying only that he was considering “some pretty severe things” in response to Pyongyang’s test of an ICBM thought capable of reaching Alaska earlier this week.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Trump — speaking at a joint news conference with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda — said that North Korean leaders were “behaving in a very, very dangerous manner and something will have to be done about it.”
He wouldn’t say whether he was considering military action, which is in keeping with earlier statements he has made saying he would never reveal such details to the press.
The paper noted further:
On the eve of Independence Day in the U.S., North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, an advance that could render the U.S. vulnerable to a nuclear attack.
Military reprisal by the U.S. carries risks, and Mr. Trump has sought other avenues to choke off North Korea’s nuclear program—notably, persuading China to use its influence to rein in Pyongyang.
Trump is scheduled to hold a series of meetings in Poland before heading to the G20 conference in Germany. There he will also meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and he is expected to more aggressively push China to intervene to stop North Korea’s maturing missile and nuclear programs.
After warning of “severe” actions against North Korea, Trump quickly added: “That doesn’t mean we’re going to do them.”
“I think we will just take a look at what happens over the coming weeks and months with respect to North Korea,” he noted further.
Trade between China and North Korea increased nearly 40 percent in the first quarter of 2017, other reports have noted — a statistic the president pointed out in a tweet this week:
As noted by the Council on Foreign Relations, China has reasons for sustaining North Korea.
“China is North Korea’s most important ally, biggest trading partner, and main source of food and energy. It has helped sustain Kim Jong-un’s regime, and has historically opposed harsh international sanctions on North Korea in the hope of avoiding regime collapse and a refugee influx across their 870-mile border,” the foreign policy organization noted in a recent assessment.