Does Washington Really Consider War With North Korea an 'Option'?

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Defense

"We're going to be able to handle them". "I am very disappointed in China", he tweeted over the weekend.

Qian, while addressing a press conference, said the North Korean nuclear issue and the trade between China and the U.S. belong to different spheres and are not related - hence they should not be discussed in the same breath.

While the United States mainstream media outlets and politicians continue to push ahead with the narrative of "Russian traces" in the USA election campaign, it is unlikely that it will result in an all-out nuclear confrontation, Russian online newspaper Vzglyad notes, stressing that Washington's provocative actions toward North Korea are a different story. "China could easily solve the problem". Beijing does have leverage over Pyongyang and could help get North Korea to the negotiating table.

This comes after the president expressed disappointment in China for its inaction in dealing with hostilities from North Korea. "How could Chinese sanctions change the situation?" "Working with us is so much for China", he wrote, "But we had to give it a try!" "Trump is quite a personality, and he likes to tweet", was the retort Monday in a 1,000-word editorial put out by Xinhua, China's official state news agency.

But it's not just China that's ruining Trump's plans for North Korea.

China has blamed the U.S. for the North Korea missile crisis and asserted the only solution was for Washington and Pyongyang to hold a dialogue. "China controls North Korea", he said in 2013.

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If China does not change its posture, the US should take clear and firm action to seek to ensure China's cooperation.

In an interview with Reuters Friday, the top us counter-intelligence official suggested the Trump administration was already working on a plan to toughen CFIUS.

"A lot of people question the need for THAAD; they question the requirement for us", Pentagon spokesperson Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Monday.

But the Chinese government argues that North Korea won't back down and return to negotiations over its weapons programs unless the United States and its northeast Asian allies, South Korea and Japan, take conciliatory steps.

"There is a military option to destroy North Korea's program and North Korea itself", Graham said".

The US and North Korea "hold the primary responsibility to keep things moving, to start moving in the right direction", Ambassador Liu Jieyi said at a news conference to mark the end of China's July term in the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council.

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