“High Noon in North Korea: Is Trump Ready for War?” -Daily Beast

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Summary: ” U.S.A.” On Tuesday, Trump in effect declared it was time, for the U.S. Decisions on North Korea are about to become extraordinarily consequential. Japanese newspapers reported that the American leader at the early April Mar-a-Lago summit gave his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, 100 days—until July 16—to deal with Pyongyang. The failure to summon political will to impose costs on China means Trump, if he honors his promise to disarm North Korea, will eventually have to resort to “kinetic” options, maybe soon. A day following the 22-year-old student passed away, the American leader, in what might final end up as the world’s almost all consequential tweet, signaled that the United States will soon act on its own to disarm North Korea. officials think North Korea was the mastermind, but that Chinese middlemen helped “orchestrate the theft.” If Chinese middlemen orchestrated, Chinese banks were virtually certainly participants in the crime. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to assist with North Korea, it hasn’t worked out,” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon. Trump on April 11 said America would defang North Korea by itself if China didn’t do so. Trump administration officials, to their credit, have talked about unplugging Chinese banks but there’s no indication they’ve currently summoned the considerable political will absolutely necessary to act. By doing nothing more than enforcing U.S. can, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested Wednesday, prevent Americans from traveling to North Korea. The U.S. All of these measures would help, of course but the big flows of cash to North Korea originate from China, or pass through Chinese financial institutions.”

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