China issues North Korea threat: USA MUST remove anti-missile system

Elias Hubbard
September 22, 2017

Speaking to reporters at a trilateral meeting between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea, Trump said North Korea had been abusing global trade and financial systems for over 25 years. But they have yet to stop the communist nation's leader Kim Jong Un from launching ballistic missile tests.

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that will give the Treasury Department the ability to crack down on individuals and entities that do business with North Korea.

In his debut address to the assembled world leaders Tuesday, Trump vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea if the United States was forced to defend its allies, saying that while the USA has "great strength and patience", its options could soon run out.

Beijing is Pyongyang's most important military and economic partner, but it continues to support United Nations sanctions against North Korea. It followed a sixth nuclear detonation by the North on September 3, which the communist regime claimed was the test of a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on a missile.

Trump's overheated language was rare for a USA president at the rostrum of the United Nations, but the speech was textbook Trump, dividing the globe into friends and foes and taking unflinching aim at America's enemies. The North has responded with a series of weapons tests and warlike and often mocking rhetoric against Mr Trump.

Moon is scheduled to meet with US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the United Nations meeting later Thursday.

That was a significant ratcheting-up of sanctions aimed at cutting off revenue used by Pyongyang to develop its military programs, but their impact hinges mostly on China, North Korea's ally and main trading partner.

Later on Thursday, Moon was scheduled to hold a bilateral talk with Trump, to be followed by a tripartite summit involving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The three leaders vowed to put maximum pressure on North Korea.

"The three leaders noted North Korea's nuclear and missile development posed a grave threat to peace in Northeast Asia and the world and that they can not accept this", South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told a press briefing.

"Under such understanding, the leaders of the three countries agreed on the need for the global community to put maximum pressure and sanctions to the level that North Korea can not withstand and voluntarily come to the dialogue table", she added. He said the standoff needed to be "managed stably".

Trump's speech also drew criticism in China where, on Wednesday, an editorial published in the state-owned People's Daily read: "Trump's political chest-thumping is unhelpful, and it will only push the DPRK to pursue even riskier policies, because the survival of the regime is at stake", referring to North Korea with its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The council last week adopted new punitive measures, slapping an export ban on textiles, ending work permits for North Korean guest workers and capping oil shipments.

"Recently, U.N. sanctions were adopted unanimously".

Trump also made a point of saying the EO targets only North Korea and is geared towards the country's "complete denuclearization".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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