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Trump: China concurs NKorea nuclear weapon freeze inadequate

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017|4:10 p.m.

WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. and China agree that North Korea can not simply freeze its nuclear weapons program in exchange for concessions and that it should eliminate its arsenal.

Trump was reiterating a long-standing U.S. position but recommended that China now concurred with Washington that a “freeze-for-freeze” contract was undesirable.

China and Russia have actually proposed that as a way to reboot long-stalled negotiations: that the North might freeze its nuclear and rocket programs in exchange for the United States and its close ally South Korea stopping regular military drills that Pyongyang considers as preparation for intrusion.

China has not made a public disavowal of the proposition. China said Wednesday that it would send a top-level unique envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors.

Trump was speaking a day after he returned from a 12-day journey through Asia that consisted of a state visit to China, where he was hosted by President Xi Jinping.

“President Xi acknowledges that a nuclear North Korea is a serious risk to China, and we agreed that we would not accept a so-called freeze for freeze contract, like those that have actually consistently failed in the past,” Trump stated.

He stated that Xi promised to carry out U.N. sanctions that aim to deprive North Korea of revenues for its weapons programs “and to utilize his excellent economic impact over the regime to achieve our common objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.”

China is North Korea’s conventional ally and represent about 90 percent of the separated country’s external trade– including practically all its oil products.

Speaking at the White House, Trump cast his Asian sojourn as a “remarkable success,” saying the United States was feted by foreign leaders and asserted its strength on the planet.

“America’s restored confidence and standing worldwide has never ever been stronger than it is right now,” Trump stated, detailing his drop in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Trump stated he had three objectives on the journey: to unite the world versus North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, to enhance alliances in the region and to demand “fair and mutual trade.”

Trump promised to work “as quick as possible” to eliminate sizable trade deficits with U.S. trading partners. He said it was “unacceptable” that the U.S. trade deficit with other nations stands at about $800 billion a year and guaranteed to “begin whittling that down as quick as possible.” He did not say how he prepared to accomplish that objective.

Previously, Trump used social media to spar with media coverage of his journey.

He tweeted criticism at The New york city Times. He said the paper “dislikes” that he has excellent relationships with world leaders and “they should realize that these relationships are a good thing, not a bad thing.” He called the paper “naive (or dumb)” on diplomacy.

The president likewise tweeted Wednesday that he was “required” to view CNN throughout the trip and “again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is.”

Associated Press author Catherine Lucey contributed to this report.

Mattis: NKorea danger would bring enormous military reaction

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Carolyn Kaster/ AP In this April 11, 2017 file image, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stops briefly throughout a press conference at the Pentagon. Mattis is wanting to the Middle East and North Africa for wider contributions and new ideas to combat Islamic extremism as the Trump administration fleshes out its counterterrorism method.

Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017|4 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday shot back at North Korea’s claimed test of a hydrogen bomb with a blunt risk, saying the United States will address any risk from the North with a “huge military action– a reaction both reliable and overwhelming.” Earlier, President Donald Trump threatened to halt all trade with countries doing business with the North, a veiled alerting to China, and faulted South Korea for its “talk of appeasement.”

The tough talk from America’s commander in chief and the retired Marine basic he chose to supervise the Pentagon came as the Trump administration looked for a response to the intensifying crisis. Kim Jong Un’s program on Sunday declared “ideal success” in an underground test of exactly what it called a hydrogen bomb. It was the North’s sixth nuclear test considering that 2006– the first considering that Trump took workplace in January– and involved a device possibly significantly more effective than an a-bomb.

Trump, asked by a reporter throughout a journey to church services if he would assault the North, said: “We’ll see.” No U.S. military action appeared imminent, and the instant focus seemed on ratcheting up economic penalties, which have actually had little impact so far.

The U.N. Security Council arranged an emergency situation conference at the request of the U.S., Japan, France, Britain and South Korea. It would be the Security Council’s second immediate session in under a week on the North’s weapons tests, which have continued in the face of a series of sanctions.

Members of Congress revealed alarm at the North’s test and emphasized strengthening U.S. rocket defenses. Leaders in Russia, China and Europe released condemnations.

In briefs remarks after a White House meeting with Trump and other nationwide security officials, Mattis informed press reporters that America does not look for the “overall annihilation” of the North, however then included somberly, “We have lots of choices to do so.” The administration has stressed its pursuit of diplomatic options, knowing the possibly horrific expenses of war with the North. But the decision to have Mattis provide a public declaration seemed to recommend an escalating crisis.

Mattis likewise stated the international community is merged in demanding the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula which Un should understand that Washington’s dedication to Japan and South Korea is unshakeable.

The precise strength of the underground nuclear explosion had yet to be identified. South Korea’s weather condition agency said the artificial earthquake triggered by the explosion was 5 times to 6 times more powerful than tremors produced by the North’s previous five tests.

North Korea’s state-run television broadcast a special publication to announce the test, and stated Kim participated in a meeting of the ruling celebration’s presidium and signed the go-ahead order. Earlier, the celebration’s paper published images of Kim examining exactly what it stated was a nuclear warhead being fitted onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Sunday’s detonation develops on recent North Korean advances that include test launches in July of 2 ICBMs that are thought to be efficient in reaching the mainland U.S. The North says its rocket development belongs to a defensive effort to develop a feasible nuclear deterrent that can target U.S. cities.

The Arms Control Association said the explosion appeared to produce a yield in excess of 100 kilotons of TNT equivalent, which it said strongly suggests the North tested a high-yield but compact nuclear weapon that might be released on a rocket of intermediate or global variety.

Hans Kristensen, a nuclear weapons expert at the Federation of American Researchers, said the North most likely will have to do more tests prior to attaining a functioning hydrogen bomb style.

Beyond the science of the blast, North Korea’s speeding up push to field a nuclear weapon that can target all the United States is developing political problems for the U.S. as it looks for to stabilize willpower with reassurance to allies that Washington will promote its decadeslong dedication to discourage nuclear attack on South Korea and Japan.

That is why some questioned Trump’s jab Sunday at South Korea. He tweeted that Seoul is finding that its “talk of appeasement” will not work. The North Koreans, he added, “just understand one thing,” implying military force might be required. The United States has about 28,000 soldiers stationed in South Korea and is required by treaty to protect it in the event of war.

Patrick Cronin, an Asia expert with the Center for a New American Security, said Trump’s comment on South Korea was probably “planned to stiffen the spine of an ally.” He said he concurred with the objective.

“I think Washington is very serious about revealing some unforeseen resolve,” he stated. “We require our ally and we need to stay ironclad. But at the very same time, we can’t pay for South Korea to go weak in facing down this growing risk.”

Trump likewise recommended putting more pressure on China, the North’s patron for many decades and an important U.S. trading partner, in hopes of persuading Beijing to exert more efficient take advantage of on its next-door neighbor. Trump tweeted that the U.S. is thinking about “stopping all trade with any nation doing business with North Korea.” Such a stop would be extreme. The U.S. imports about $40 billion in products a month from China, North Korea’s main industrial partner.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was calling counterparts in Asia.

It’s unclear what sort of sanctions may make a distinction. Lassina Zerbo, head of the U.N. test restriction treaty organization, said sanctions already enforced against North Korea aren’t working.

China’s main Xinhua News Firm said President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, meeting on the sidelines of a Beijing-led economic summit, agreed “to abide by the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, have close communication and coordination and properly react” to the test.

Specialists have questioned whether the North has actually gone too far down the nuclear roadway to continue promoting a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, an Obama administration policy goal still embraced by Trump’s White Home.

“Denuclearization is not a viable U.S. policy goal,” stated Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for a New American Security, but neither must the U.S. accept North Korea as a nuclear power. “We must keep denuclearization as a long-lasting goal, however acknowledge independently that it’s unattainable anytime quickly.”

Trump warned last month that the U.S. armed force was “locked and filled, should North Korea act unwisely” and that the United States would let loose “fire and fury” on the North if it continued to threaten America. The bellicose words followed hazards from North Korea to launch ballistic missiles toward the United States Pacific territory of Guam, meaning to develop “covering fire” near the military center that’s the home of U.S. bombers and other airplane.

Associated Press writers Eric Talmadge in Tokyo contributed to this report.

NKorea swears to enhance nukes as U.S. increases pressure

Friday, Might 19, 2017|4:31 p.m.

UNITED NATIONS– The United States defense chief cautioned Friday that a military service to the standoff with North Korea would be “terrible on an astounding scale,” while the North swore to quickly enhance its nuclear-strike capability as long as it faces a “hostile” U.S. policy.

North Korea checked a longer-range rocket last weekend, which specialists say was a significant advance for a weapons program that focuses on having a nuclear-tipped rocket that can strike America. The test set off a new U.S.-backed push for a fresh round of U.N. sanctions versus the North.

At the United Nations, North Korea’s deputy ambassador, Kim In Ryong, was bold. He stated North Korea would never desert its “nuclear deterrence for self-defense and pre-emptive strike capability” even if the United States ratchets up sanctions and pressure “to the utmost.”

Speaking to reporters, Kim hailed the test launch and said that if the Trump administration wants peace on the divided Korean Peninsula, it needs to replace the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace accord and halt its anti-North Korea policy.

At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated the missile test showed North Korea isn’t following cautions from the worldwide community. However, he stressed the requirement for a peaceful resolution by working through the U.N. with countries consisting of China, the North’s conventional ally and benefactor.

“If this goes to a military solution it is going to be awful on an incredible scale, and so our effort is to work with the U.N., deal with China, work with Japan, deal with South Korea to try to find an escape of this circumstance,” Mattis stated at a press conference.

He stated North Korea “probably discovered a lot” from last weekend’s test. He said the rocket went really high and boiled down, however he would not define it as demonstrating the controlled re-entry of a rocket.

Guiding a long-range missile to a target on return to Earth is an essential technological hurdle that North Korea need to get rid of in aiming to perfect a missile that could threaten the United States. The North also most likely has a method to go before it can miniaturize a nuclear warhead to mount on such a missile.

All 15 members of the U.N. Security Council, the world organization’s most effective body, this week called the launch an infraction of existing sanctions and promised to take brand-new measures, including extra sanctions.

Prior to an emergency situation conference of the council Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley declared: “You either support North Korea or you do not, but you have to pick. You need to choose a side.”

Kim accused the council of playing “to the tune of the U.S. once again” and objected the Trump administration’s need for nations to pick loyalty in between the United States and the Democratic Individuals’s Republic of Korea, his nation’s official name.

President Donald Trump is planning to both China and Russia, the two long-term members on the Security Council that have traditionally been most sympathetic to North Korea, to sign up with the U.S.-backed project of diplomatic and financial pressure on the North to get it to denuclearize.

Inquired about Beijing and Moscow’s assistance for the 6 previous rounds of U.N. sanctions, Kim said both nations are “close neighbors” who “comprehend our nuclear projection happened through the U.S. continued nuclear hazard and its hostile policy” toward North Korea.

If the United States “continues anti-DPRK sanctions without comprehending its rival, the (Trump) administration will need to take complete duty for the occurring devastating consequences,” he cautioned.

“The United States must mind that the DPRK nuclear striking ability will be enhanced and established at a rapidly high speed as long as the United States firmly insists (on) its anti-DPRK policy, nasty nuclear hazards and blackmails, sanction and pressure,” Kim said.

Associated Press writer Edith M. Lederer reported this story at the United Nations and AP writer Matthew Pennington reported from Washington.