How World Leaders Are Responding To North Korean Aggression

Violet Powell
May 3, 2017

I just don't want people to know what my thinking is.

Amid rising tensions between the USA and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, Trump told CBS's "Face the Nation" that Kim is "going to have to do what he has to do".

As is evident from Trump's tweets, he has put a lot of faith in China in their joint efforts to keep North Korea in check.

A man watches a TV news programme reporting about North Korea's missile firing with a file footage at Seoul station in Seoul on Saturday.

Trump's comments follow a North Korean mid-range ballistic missile test Friday that failed shortly after launch - the North's third dud this month.

"The threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on Seoul or Tokyo is real, and it is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the USA mainland".

Mr Moon Jae In, the South Korean politician expected to win the May 9 presidential election, called the test an "exercise in futility". At the time, Pyongyang said it was a drill for an attack on U.S. bases in Japan.

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When asked whether the US would resort to military action, Trump replied: "I don't know".

Trump noted that Chinese President Xi Jinping "has been putting pressure on him also". The South Korean military labeled the test a failure as the missile initially flew in a northeasterly direction, reached an altitude of 71 kilometers, and exploded in the air minutes after launch. the pieces falling into the East Sea. North Korean officials boycotted the meeting, which was chaired by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"We do have to do something" with partners in the region and globally "that involves enforcement of the United Nations sanctions that are in place", McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday".

"We do see China starting to do something", including in public statements and the Chinese press, he said.

China has repeatedly pushed back at the idea that it alone holds the solution to curbing the North's nuclear ambitions, and warned that any use of U.S. force would only lead to "bigger disasters".

It reportedly blew up just seconds after take-off, increasing speculation that the United States military has been causing North Korea's recent failed missile launches. "I respectfully say that I think it would be appropriate if they paid for it". "And if that happens, we can't allow it to happen".

On Thursday, Trump warned of conflict if tensions can not be avoided through diplomacy.

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