Trump accuses China of sabotaging North Korea ‘deal’

Donald Trump and Kim Yong Un made a fairly vague agreement in Singapore a month ago.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has just visited North Korea and the outcome of that meeting looks shaky, despite Pompeo’s positive report:

“We had many hours of productive conversations. These are complicated issues, but we made progress on almost all of the central issues. Some places a great deal of progress. Other places, there’s still more work to be done.”

See North Korean denuclearisation talks with US Secretary of State – “regrettable”. It has also been reported that North Korea accused Pompeo of acting like a gangster.

Since then Trump has tried to blame China, and added trade to the mix of rhetoric.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has also accused China of interfering: China Sabotaging North Korea Nuclear Talks Over Tariff Trade War

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC), SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE: I see China’s hands all over this. We are in a fight with China. We buy $500 billion worth of goods from the Chinese. They buy $100 billion from us. They cheat and President Trump wants to change the economic relationship with China.

So, if I were President Trump, I would not let China use North Korea to back me off of the trade dispute. We’ve got more bullets than they do when it comes to trade. We sell them $100 billion, they sell is $500 billion, we can hurt them more than they will hurt us. And all we’re looking for is for them to stop cheating when it comes to trade.

There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s the Chinese pulling a North Koreans back. And to our North Korean friends, can’t say the word friend yet. You asked Pompeo, did he sleep well? If you knew what I knew about what we could do to the leadership of North Korea, you wouldn’t sleep very well.

Threatening words from Graham on top of Trump’s Twitter bombast.

China and North Korea border each other and have been closely connected politically for a long time. China supported the north in the Korean war in the 1950s.

Kim visited China before his summit with Trump, and he has been back to China since.

So of course China has some sort of influence in North Korea. Are they “exerting negative pressure”? I guess that depends what side of the political and international fence you are on.

Threatening “more bullets” in the escalating trade war with China and threatening “If you knew what I knew about what we could do to the leadership of North Korea, you wouldn’t sleep very well” could be  interpreted as a bit of negative pressure too.

I just hope trade and military relations don’t go into a negative spiral that ends up in a crash and burn.

6 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  July 10, 2018

    Aljazeera tv reported a week or more ago that Xi & KJU have had 3 personal meetings now – two before the Trump meeting, one afterward. They also claimed China had reportedly lifted some of its previous sanctions against NK & had made investment proposals to counter Trump’s “childish” video of potential investments in resort building etc.

    • Corky

       /  July 10, 2018

      China realises a Trump negotiated peace isn’t good for their region. They fear a democratic unified SK/ NK. This just reinforces the view Taiwan will eventually fall to China, sooner rather than later.

  2. David

     /  July 10, 2018

    China after being helpful is now playing a despicable game and putting its intellectual property thieves ahead of peace in the region. It could decide to play fair in trade and the tariffs would not be applied, they have been given years of warnings.
    Their sharemarket is collapsing and their growth is looking wobbly and all the Americans want is for China to abide by the rules every other country adheres too.

  3. Zedd

     /  July 10, 2018

    more ‘FAKE news’ from MrT 😦

  4. J Bloggs

     /  July 10, 2018

    Trump just can’t admit he got played for a sucker by Kin Jong Un

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