President Trump, traveling abroad, talked to the media and other leaders about North Korea, which he referred to as a ‘problem and menace’ Saturday as he met with Asian allies. The purpose of the meetings was to discuss the next steps of action to be taken as North Korea’s aggression continues to grow.
“Something has to be done about it,” Trump said as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
When meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Abe, through a translator admitted that North Korea’s recent nuclear launch tests have been creating a tension that he is escalating in the region.
The Daily Mail reports:
North Korea’s successful test launch of an ICBM was a major milestone in its long-term effort to build a missile that could carry a nuclear warhead to attack the United States.
The extensive slate of meetings with Abe, Xi, British Prime Minister Theresa May and others came on the final day of the annual Group of 20 summit, which has been marked by violent demonstrations by anti-globalization activists.
North Korea has been a major topic of discussion, and the White House said earlier that the U.S., South Korea and Japan were pressing for additional measures against North Korea to demonstrate the ‘serious consequences’ for its latest provocations.
The three nations have been calling for ‘early adoption’ of a new U.N. Security Council resolution and additional sanctions to demonstrate to Pyongyang the consequences of its actions.
Bringing China on board is a key part of the plan. The White House has tried to pressure Beijing to rein in the North, a major trading partner, to halt Kim Jong Un’s development of nuclear weapons before they have the ability to threaten the U.S. homeland.
The administration wants China to fully enforce international sanctions intended to starve Pyongyang of revenue for its nuclear and missile programs. But Trump has been frustrated by the amount of progress.
Earlier in the week, he vented on Twitter that trade between China and North Korea had grown nearly 40 percent at the start of 2017. ‘So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!’
Trump officials said later that the president hadn’t given up on the relationship.
Of course, the topic of trade and business was always on the table with the asian countries. A new initiative the Trump administration is looking at would increase security restrictions on steel, possibly impacting business with China.