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Trump’s comments on North Korea spook Russia, China

Russia and China have expressed their concerns

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Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments on North Korea, in which he hinted that military action would be the only solution to deal with the reclusive nuclear nation - Russia and China have expressed their concerns. 

Since the start of Trump’s presidency, the United States has tried many methods of getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

The Trump administration has tried to pressurize China to help rein in its ally and nuclear neighbor, North Korea; America has also displayed its military might to deter Kim Jong Un and has even placing tough sanctions on the defiant nation - however, it has failed to make North Korea give up its nuclear ambitions. 

Kim Jong Un, whose nation conducted two nuclear bomb tests and fired several missiles last year, seems to have increased the pace of his nuclear weapons development - churning out more sophisticated missiles and an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).

This year too, the country has kept up its nuclear activities, testing and firing several weapons. 

While some in higher positions in the U.S. have left the door open to military action against the regime, others have warned that could set off a potentially devastating conflict in North Asia. 

Meanwhile, increased sanctions and diplomatic pressure has done little to force Kim Jong Un to alter course.

In August, Trump tweeted that “talking is not the answer,” while United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has said the time for dialogue is over and she’d “have no problem kicking it to” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Mattis meanwhile has said, “We’re never out of diplomatic solutions” when he was asked about Trump’s tweet.

Tillerson’s “peaceful pressure campaign” seeks to use UN Security Council sanctions to try and choke North Korea’s economy while pressing countries to stop accepting North Korean guest workers and close the regime’s diplomatic outposts.

Now, after Trump’s recent comments, Russia and China have called for restraint on North Korea after Trump warned over the weekend that "only one thing will work" in dealing with Pyongyang.

Earlier, Republican Senator Bob Corker told the New York Times that Trump risks setting the nation "on the path to World War Three.”

Commenting on Trump's statements at a press conference, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, "Moscow has called and continues to call on the parties involved in the conflict and on those who have anything to do with this issue to exercise restraint and to avoid any steps that would only worsen the situation."

Peskov also commenting on a statement made by Trump that the United States might withdraw from a nuclear deal with Iran, and said such a move would have "negative consequences."

Meanwhile, speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated a call for all parties involved with the standoff in North Korea to exercise restraint.

Chunying described the situation as extremely complex and serious.

 

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