On May 1st, India, in a massive reversal of their economy, opted out on trade with North Korea after an impassioned plea from Trump administration officials to end their economic relationship with the dictatorship in order to assist the United States in reining in the maniacal tendencies of Kim Jong-un.
Cuba and Iran are still defying sanctions with North Korea, as is Russia and China. But while Cuba and Iran are small players, Russia and China have vastly more influence upon the northern Korean peninsula and potentially have the power to end this seemingly unstoppable madness on the part of the North Korean leader.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on behalf of President Trump, has carried a very clear and concise message to the nations of the world that have been supplying North Korea in defiance of said sanctions. Either comply with these embargo requests or face dire trade circumstances with the United States. Trump was quite plain-spoken in his condemnation of China and it appears that this message may be the strongest one yet.
The Daily Caller:
The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that Beijing risks trade with the U.S. if it continues to trade with North Korea in violation of sanctions, according to the Associated Press. She also reminded Pyongyang that the application of military force is an option which remains on the table. “One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must.”
Haley explained that North Korea’s actions are “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution,” Reuters reports.
Now, the U.S., assuming Haley speaks for the administration, is threatening China’s trade with the U.S. if it fails to address the North Korean nuclear threat. She also indicated that the U.S. will sanction other countries that aid the reclusive North Korean regime, putting “the world on notice.”
Recent international incidents have put a tremendous strain on a possible diplomatic solution to this problem, including the death of Otto Warmbier, the American student who was returned home in a coma after having been sentenced to a prison term for “stealing a poster” from a hotel.
Now that the ICBM has been launched and Secretary Mattis is claiming that North Korea’s ability to launch these deadly missiles from submarines in the Pacific is an ever-present threat as well, it appears that the conditions for diplomacy are only worsening and that a dramatic showdown is just beyond the horizon. China needs to step in and help the United States stop North Korea from further destruction.
Source: The Daily Caller