George Will: Trump is threatening war with North Korea, but what kind?

Thursday, 07 Sep, 2017

In August past year, the North successfully test-fired for the first time a submarine-launched ballistic missile that flew about 500 kilometres.

The communication from the White House, however, did not go into details of the "coordination" that is to take place between Washington and Beijing following the call, and what "further action" would be taken with the goal of "achieving the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

"We had a very good conversation with President Xi of China", Trump told reporters on Air Force One.

"We're going to see what happens", Trump said when asked whether he is considering military action against North Korea.

She also called the U.N. Security Council to throw the "strongest possible" sanctions at North Korea. The South had requested the USA deploy strategic assets such as aircraft carriers and bombers to the peninsula, he said, but denied reports Seoul was seeking the return of US tactical nuclear weapons.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently said, "Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam or our allies, will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming". Beijing worked with the United States to approve tough new export bans on North Korea last month, a strong signal of Chinese irritation with a regime it protects but can not fully control. Despite speculation in foreign media, defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said last week that no adjustments had been made in China's military profile along the border in response to recent tensions.

In addition to the bellicose rhetoric toward North Korea, Mr Trump has lashed out at other countries in the region.

The US president took that diplomatic pressure a step further on Sunday, warning that he was considering "stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea".

Xi told the US president during their 45-minute call that the North Korean issue must be resolved through "dialogue and consultation". On Tuesday Mr Trump discussed the North Korean situation with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Australian Prime Malcolm Tony Turnbull, affirming his willingness to use "all available diplomatic and military capabilities", according to a White House readout of the call.

President Donald Trump has spoken with the leaders of Britain and Australia about North Korea's latest nuclear test. This is because it believes it is unlikely that North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons and delivery systems any time soon.

China and Russian Federation have advocated a plan in which the United States and Seoul stop major military drills in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programs, but neither side is willing to budge. South Korea is an important trade partner for heartland farmers, including cattle ranchers and dairy operators in states like Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa and in, all of which are key elements of the Trump coalition, and attacking South Korea at this crucial moment doesn't help Mr. Trump's messaging with North Korea.

Earlier today, Seoul's Defense Ministry announced that the USA military will be adding another four missile launchers to the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense [THAAD] system in South Korea on Thursday to better cope with North Korean threats.

Sunday, North Korea ratcheted up tensions when it claimed to have successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb in an underground test. "Trump and Haley are saying, 'We've been talking to the North Koreans for 20 years and nothing's worked.' Well, that's just baloney", said Kimball.

But Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, suggested that some kind of concession to China would be needed in order for Beijing to get North Korea to the negotiating table in a legitimate fashion.