In response to a statement by North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, President-elect Donald Trump said that the secretive country won’t be able to test an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach any part of the United States, CNN reported.
On Monday, Trump tweeted, “It won’t happen.”
North Korea has been facing U.N. sanctions since 2006 for conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Last year, North Korea conducted many nuclear tests.
The President-elect criticized China for not helping the US restrain North Korea.
“China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the US in totally one-sided trade, but won’t help with North Korea. Nice!”
Experts believe that it’s hard to punish North Korea due to many reasons.
According to analysts, China isn’t willing as well as is not able to influence North Korea and Kim.
Tong Zhao, an associate at Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing city, said that China is also upset with “its inability to push North Korea.”
Trump could force trade war against Beijing or could confront Beijing over Taiwan or the South China Sea but it would be a high-stakes move, according to Zhao who also believes it would trigger a “huge negative response.”
In response to Trump’s tweet, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that China played an important and positive role in resolving the issue with North Korea. State-run Global Times newspaper said that Trump was “just pandering to irresponsible attitudes.”
Trump could push China to more harshly implement existing sanctions on North Korea. But Jeffrey Lewis, director of the US-based East Asia Nonproliferation Program, believes that it won’t help. Lewis said that sanctions may not have any impact on North Korea’s decision making.