Trump To Tell Xi: “If China Is Not Going To Solve North Korea, We Will"

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In an interview with the Financial Times coming less than a week ahead of his meeting with China's president Xi Jinping in Mar A Lago (Xi, however, will not be staying at Trump's "Winter palace" as the SCMP reports) Donald Trump has warned the US "will take unilateral action to eliminate the nuclear threat from North Korea unless China increases pressure on the regime in Pyongyang."

Among the key topics for discussion with Xi Jinping, the US president said he would focus on the growing threat from Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program when he hosts the Chinese president at his Florida resort this week in their first meeting.

China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t,” Mr Trump said in the Oval Office. “If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone.”

But he made clear that he would deal with North Korea with or without China’s help. Asked if he would consider a “grand bargain” — where China pressures Pyongyang in exchange for a guarantee that the US would later remove troops from the Korean peninsula — Mr Trump said:

“Well if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you.”

As a reminder, shortly after the latest North Korean ballistic missile test, China banned all coal imports from North Korea, effectively imposing a major economic blockade (coal accounts for up to 40% of North Korean exports, virtually all of its to China); that appears to be insufficient for Trump.

As the FT notes, the White House views North Korea as the most imminent threat to the US after Barack Obama warned his successor about the progress Pyongyang had made developing long-range missiles and nuclear weapons. In a separate interview, KT McFarland, the deputy White House national security adviser, told the FT that “there is a real possibility that North Korea will be able to hit the US with a nuclear-armed missile by the end of the first Trump term.”

The National Security Council has completed a review of options on North Korea that Mr Trump ordered after his inauguration, according to two people familiar with the review. One of those people said the review had been accelerated to have the options ready for the Trump-Xi summit.

Trump told the FT it was “totally” possible for the US to tackle North Korea without China. Asked if that meant dealing with Pyongyang one on one, he said: “I don’t have to say any more. Totally.”

“What President Trump is trying to do here is to press the Chinese hard by warning them what comes next if they don’t help or join with the US to deal with this problem,” said Dennis Wilder, a former CIA China analyst who later served as the top White House Asia aide to George W Bush.

Barring a pre-emptive strike on North Korea — which the administration will not rule out since all options are on the table — many experts believe the US needs Chinese help as Beijing has the most sway over Pyongyang. But Washington could consider alternatives, ranging from more effective sanctions to various kinds of more controversial covert action.

Ahead of the US-China summit, Trump raised hopes that he would reach some kind of deal with Xi, despite heavy criticism about China’s trade surplus and exchange rate policy. “I have great respect for him. I have great respect for China. I would not be at all surprised if we did something that would be very dramatic and good for both countries and I hope so.”

As a reminder, the topic of North Korea was among the key issues discussed by US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, the, during his first visit to Asia, when he warned that the previous US “policy of strategic patience has ended."

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And in a separate topic, one just as important for US-China relations, namely trade, Trump told the FT that he will not push the Chinese president and discuss tariffs with Xi at the coming meeting, "maybe the next time we meet."

Are you going to equalise tariffs?


Trump: I don’t want to talk about tariffs yet, perhaps the next time we meet. So I don’t want to talk about tariffs yet. But you used the word equalise. That is a very good word because they are not equalised. If you used a word other than tariff, it is not an equal. You know when you talk about, when you talk about currency manipulation, when you talk about devaluations, they are world champions. And our country hasn’t had a clue, they haven’t had a clue. The past administration hasn’t had and many administrations — I don’t want to say only Obama; this has gone on for many years — They haven’t had a clue. But I do.

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erkme73's picture

The neocons are spooging over this quote.

HRClinton's picture

Luck of the Rothschilds. Rothschild eyes are smiling. 

Must have a Rothschild CB in NK, then in Iran. 

And if China isn't preoccupied with NK and other distractions, then they'd be building the Silk Road South via Iran. 

caconhma's picture

If our yellow-faced buffoon drags America into Korea war, American people will lynch his government and good many his friends and associates.

Ledlak's picture

Just a hunch, president Trump won't be doing any bowing unless it's mutual and equally low.

Déjà view's picture

Threat of limiting access of Chinese goods into U.S. market should do wonders...China does not want millions of unemployed workers in their streets!

They WILL comply...previous Pillow Talk was sweet while it lasted...

The central planners's picture


junction's picture

Trump is to president what Trump University is to educational institution.  After beating Hillary, with the invaluable aid of Hillary's campaign manager Robbie Mook (hired because he is gay), Trump is crashing and burning.  Mook now has teamed with Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.  What the hell is going on?

Scuba Steve's picture

You liked the smell of HillBill in the morning, huh?

The Ram's picture

Ah, the Chinese have Trump right where they want him.  Go ahead Don, start a stupid war with the North Koreans and watch the shit unfold on the Korean peninsula, deep doo doo that the US will be expected to clean-up.  This will do wonders for tax reform and health care.  I am starting to think Trump cannot get out of his own way.  Trump could be just mouthing off, but that will not help his agenda.  Just a big distraction.  Question, he he just another neocon in sheep clothing?

Tarjan's picture

I can envision an easier solution: peace treaty with NK; all nukes and missiles removed under international supervision with a continuing presence for the next decade; stationing Chinese troops (no NK) on the border with SK to serve as a tripwire. Fat boy can continue, or not.

atthelake's picture

I voted for Trump and, considering the alternative, I'm glad I did but I want all these wars, for the Military Industrial Complex, to end. These bs wars make all Americans mass murderers.

ronaldwilsonreagan's picture

There is a lot of Hope and Change in that statment.

DaddyO's picture

These bs wars make all Americans mass murderers

Your comment is BS, I've never killed anyone personally or by proxy.

I'm a firm believer in George Mason's approach to 2nd amendment and standing armies.

"It's everyone with the exception of a few government officials."

Let's get back to the militia approach and let the MIC stand down...

Methinks it's too late though!


Rich Stoehner's picture

Might be bull shit to you, but try telling the families of loved ones we killed that.

DaddyO's picture

Reading comprehension not one of your strengths, eh?

His lumping everyone into a classification or group and making a comment to that affect was the issue.

Are you one of the killers? I'm not!

I didn't vote for Obummer and he signed plenty of extra-judicial warrants and was officially at war everyday of his two terms.

I will not be held to account for his unlawful actions. It's bad enough that I have shrub's blood on my vote.


atthelake's picture

LIAR wars may be a better term.

Gnostech's picture

Never going to happen. War is eternal.

Pure Evil's picture

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

Yoused to be life was a constant battle just to stay alive.

Survival of the fittest and all.

Most people didn't live past 40 and the vast majority died in their thirties or younger.

Disease, starvation and war used to keep the human population in check.

Indoor plumbing, electricity, nutrition, medicine and medical procedures, along with other technologies helping keep us alive past the age of 40-50-60ish have only really been around for the last 120 years.

Most fail to realize that for many in our technology laden age still live lives that are solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

And what? Does that make it alright for you disgusting American fucks to murder anyone you choose? WHAT FUCKING USE ARE YOU PEOPLE? I can see none at all. If you all disappeared tomorrow it would be the best possible outcome for the entire world, so just fuck off and die all of you, useless filth and leave the rest of us alone, cunts.

Lost in translation's picture

What's the price per share of LMT? RTN? ATK?

Nona Yobiznes's picture

Great. Another neocon. 

cherry picker's picture

Trump, I thought you would be a breath of fresh air over HRC or Obama or George W.

Why don't you stay in Florida, shut down your Twitter account and let some grown ups run the country.

The world does not need another US inspired war.

DaddyO's picture

I wonder if you'll still be saying that when Kim Jong Un manages to get one of his missles within an 800 mi radius of LA or SF. Then manages to detonate a crude nuclear device. When the lights go out and all hell breaks loose all you libturds can dance in the afterglow of the explosion.

Read THIS if you think I'm pushing on your string.


cherry picker's picture

I thought that the west had all these so called defense capabilities.  Should be able to knock that missile down long before it reaches North America, or that is what I am led to believe.

This pre-emptive strike bullshit, like Iraq, isn't going down well.

flapdoodle's picture

The problem with a preemptive strike is that the Norks may hit Seoul with all they have and then its game on. The Chinese CANNOT allow a full up defeat of N Korea so we are back to Korean War v.2.0 with China giving the Norks just enough support to bog down the US in another Asian land war...

crossroaddemon's picture

If you actually think that misslile would get anywhere near CONUS without being shot down... 

Never mind, I can't. SK is not a threat.

Michael Bay's picture
Michael Bay (not verified) crossroaddemon Apr 2, 2017 2:45 PM

US has never shown a capability to shoot down actual real ICBM that flies on a non-predetermined trajectory, whoops.

crossroaddemon's picture

And you actually think it doesn't exist?

Michael Bay's picture
Michael Bay (not verified) crossroaddemon Apr 2, 2017 4:21 PM

ABM does Russia. And it`s very much a point defence solution.

Fisherman Blue's picture

One down vote, the DPRK is not , SK is clearly not. .

Pure Evil's picture

SK is only a threat if you really hate kimchi.

hoyeru's picture
hoyeru (not verified) DaddyO Apr 2, 2017 3:07 PM


  "weapons of Mass distraction", lies,

  "babies taken out of incubators " lies,

   "Iran is 6 months away ftrom bulidign the bomb" lies,

  "Osama did 9-11" lies,

  "Assad gassed his own people" lies

   "Russia attacked Ukraine with 20,000 invisible tanks and solders" lies

  "A plane hit the Pentagram" lies

  "Moderate rebelsin Syria" lies

 "US coalition is bombing ISIS in Syria" lies


I wouldn't believe ANYTHING the US gov says, including the time of day.



See, some of us DO keep a log of all the lies said and all the fake news spread (since 1990 at least).


bigkahuna's picture

statists and "conservatives" will argue with you on these points - they sure do argue with me --  I was in mid debate with one and the dude kept insisting that my point that 911 (symmetrical / terminal velocity collapse etc etc resulting from a non-symmetrical impact) was a demo was pure bs  - the guy basically would not except my premise, told me that the buildings were designed to fall that way, and that I had used bad semantics in articulating my point - and thus I am wrong -

I laughed it off - I used to get frustrated by cognitive dissonance - now it gives me a chuckle. The way I see it, I knocked on another automaton's door - everyone knows in their subconscious that the 911 story is unadulterated bullshit - the key is picking away at the conscious blocks installed to open up the natural link between them.

Keep up the good fight and don't allow the psy-op msm and their automatons to get ya' down!

When in doubt - swargle down an oil can ---fosters/pabst/oe800 --make it cheap and nasty!

Games Without Frontiers's picture

I heard they're hiding their nukes in the desert. An attack is imminent. Pass it on.

Consuelo's picture



'World Champions'...


cherry picker's picture

I'm not religeous.

But I agree with Jesus Christ when he reportedly said, "Blessed are the peace makers."

Trump, HRC, George W are definately not "Peace Makers"

Best thing is to quit aggravating North Korea by these military exercises and offer them food, I hear they are hungry.  That may go a long way into solving some issues.

Pure Evil's picture

I guess it depends on whether you believe the NORKS are a benign dictatorship or a vassal slave camp for the Chinese.

There must be a reason the PRC has been tolerating that hell hole on their border all these years.

Mimir's picture
“If China Is Not Going To Solve North Korea, We Will"

Surely China will "solve North Korea" (sic!) but according to the interests of China, not those of the so-called President. Got it ?

ronaldwilsonreagan's picture

That is some mighty big talk for a 4 time draft dodging pussy.

Anarchyteez's picture

Even if you ever at some point in the future posted something intelligent it would be disqualified by all your previous stupidity.

Eahudimac's picture

What does this have to do with Obama now? He gone.

Pure Evil's picture

He's mad cause Obama broke off their bromance after he left office and didn't include him on his little pedo retreat in the South Pacific.

Scuba Steve's picture

thats what the Kenyan monkey said ...


Sudden Debt's picture



I din't see goddman reason to aatack kore.

It's not our problem, it's Azia's problem.


DaddyO's picture

See the link I posted above for a serious reason why it might be our problem...


Sudden Debt's picture

ehe... that EMP crap is just a lot of bullshit to keep the kids scared at night.

It comes from the same period where they told people to look for cover under a table.

There's like a shitload more countries with nukes and with a lot more punch that pose a risk to us.

If a simple EMP could cripple America, America wouldn't exist anymore and like 50 other countries would have already invaded it.


The REAL enemy of America is diabetes and FAT. Most Americans are a freaking joke compared to 2 decades ago.

Can you imagine how an invasion would look like in America? A bunch of 12 year olds would be able to take an entire city hostage. 

The number of Americans that can survive a cardiotest are way lower then what a broken down cellphone service would do.



Pure Evil's picture

Ouch, that really does hurt.

The truth is out there, but damn it, I'd rather be in denial about the whole thing.


Honestly, it's mostly the boomers that are fat and diabetic.

The millenials are not as fat, yet, but have become hypnotized by little plastic boxes with 7in screens that distract them throughout the day. I'm amazed they're capable of staring at the screen while walking about without falling face first onto the ground.

IntTheLight's picture

That's why trump telling china to handle it.