US vows to act on North Korea
THE US is prepared to respond to North Korean nuclear threats on its own if China fails to pressure Pyongyang, President Donald Trump has said in an interview with the Financial Times.
"Well if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you,” he said.
Mr Trump will host Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday and Friday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where the two leaders are expected to discuss North Korea, China's ambitions in the South China Sea and trade.
"China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't,” he said.
"And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don't it won't be good for anyone.”
Asked what incentive the US could offer China, Mr Trump replied: "Trade is the incentive. It is all about trade.”
Mr Trump's Deputy National Security Adviser, K.T. McFarland, said there was a "real possibility” North Korea could be capable of hitting the US with a nuclear-armed missile by the end of Mr Trump's first term, the newspaper reported.
Intelligence experts disagree with Mr McFarland's assessment and say North Korea's ability to launch a nuclear missile is at least "years away”.