On Tuesday morning, President Trump took to Twitter to express the hope that China may step in and end the North Korean threat “once and for all.” The president’s tweet comes in response to reports that the reclusive state successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.
Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!,
Trump’s tweet reads.
North Korea Successfully Tested Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
He also slammed the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un for having nothing “better to do with his life” but conducting missile tests. “Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer,” the president added.
On Tuesday, Pyongyang announced that they successfully tested their first intercontinental ballistic missile. If the news is true, the move is at odds with Trump’s January pledge to not let such a test happen. Intercontinental ballistic missiles can carry nuclear warheads which could help the North Korean dictator fulfill his life-long dream of nuking America’s mainland.
China and Russia Working Together to Defuse Tensions
According to the Associated Press, China and Russia have issued a joint recommendation for a plan to ease tensions in the Pacific. China and Russia’s foreign ministries proposed for North Korea to report its future test launches of ballistic missiles and nuclear devices in advance, while South Korea and its closest ally, the U.S., pledged to “refrain from large-scale joint maneuvers.”
The joint recommendation comes against the backdrop of rising tensions between Russia and the United States over allegations that state-sponsored Russian hackers hacked the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win. The U.S.-China relationship is also tense because of an alleged trespassing of a U.S. Navy destroyer in the South China Sea in the vicinity of an island that is being contested by three Asian nations.
Update: Just an hour ago Trump then tweeted out some sarcastic and snarky words for China:
Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017
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