President Donald Trump says the U.S. will "solve" North Korea, with or without China's assistance.
"North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.," the president tweeted April 11.
In a separate tweet, Trump said that he "explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!"
The president's tweets occurred after North Korea said it would deliver a tough response to any military action that may come after the U.S. decided to send the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its battle group to water off the Korean Peninsula, according to CBS and the Associated Press.
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At this time, South Korea and the U.S. are involved in military exercises on the peninsula; North Korea recently launched ballistic missiles, violating U.N. resolutions. Both actions have resulted in heightened tensions in the area.
“We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions,” a spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency on April 10.
The country said it would counter "reckless acts of aggression" with "whatever methods the US wants to take," CNN Wire reports.
Trump has previously said the U.S. will act against North Korea without China's help, and the president believes that trade relations will be the incentive for China to cooperate.
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“Yes, we will talk about North Korea,” Trump said in an interview with the Financial Times in March, according to CBS and the AP. “And China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said April 9 that China is aware of how dangerous North Korea's nuclear program has become and agrees it must be stopped.
“I think even China is beginning to recognize that this presents a threat to even China’s interests,” Tillerson said on CBS’ “Face the Nation," according to CNN Wire.
“President Xi clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken,” he added.