Trump ropes in allies on N. Korea

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In an Oval Office interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, President Trump affirmed that North Korea is the U.S.’s biggest international threat. WSJ’s Gerald F. Seib gives us more insight on what Mr. Trump had to say about Washington’s posture toward Pyongyang. Photo: Jason Andrew for WSJ

US President Donald Trump has roped in allies to deal with North Korea in a new tweet. Picture: AFP

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AUSTRALIA could be drawn into hostilities with North Korea, with US President Donald Trump announcing via Twitter if China is unable to deal with the rogue nation “the US, with its allies, will”.

Mr Trump has publicly ramped up pressure on China to use its influence to curtail North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s nuclear and missile program.

North Korea has responded by threatening nuclear strikes on the US.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, fourth right, stands with officials as he cuts the ribbon at the official opening of the Ryomyong high-rise district. Picture: AP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, fourth right, stands with officials as he cuts the ribbon at the official opening of the Ryomyong high-rise district. Picture: APSource:AP

Mr Trump’s latest tweets also come as the USS Carl Vinson Nimitz-class aircraft carrier-led strike group of warships heads to the Korean Peninsula and two days before US Vice President Mike Pence sets off on a tour of Australia, South Korea, Japan and Indonesia where North Korea will be on the agenda.

“I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea,” Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday. “If they are unable to do so, the US, with its allies, will!”

Mr Trump’s inclusion of “allies” differs from a tweet he sent out on Tuesday.

“North Korea is looking for trouble,” Mr Trump wrote. “If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”

Last week’s meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida has soothed previously strained Chinese and American relations.

China on Wednesday surprisingly did not join Russia in vetoing a US-backed United Nations Security Council draft resolution denouncing the gas attack on the citizens of the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Since the Syrian civil war began, China has vetoed six resolutions on Syria.

US President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping seem to get along. Picture: AP

US President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping seem to get along. Picture: APSource:AP

On Thursday, Mr Trump told reporters China “has already started” asserting its influence on North Korea by turning back North Korean coal boats.

North Korean coal exports to China are vital for the already struggling regime’s economy.

Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers walk before the portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung (L) and Kim Jong-il (R) following the opening ceremony for the Ryomyong Street housing development in Pyongyang. Picture: AFP

Korean People’s Army (KPA) soldiers walk before the portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung (L) and Kim Jong-il (R) following the opening ceremony for the Ryomyong Street housing development in Pyongyang. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

“The vast amount of coal that comes out of North Korea going to China, they’ve turned back the boats,” Mr Trump told the joint press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

“That’s a big step, and they have many other steps that I know about. So we’ll see what happens.

“It may be effective, it may not be effective,” he said. “If it’s not effective, we will be effective, I can promise you that.”

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