House must stop pre-emptive nuclear strike on N. Korea: lawmaker

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

Trump, who will interrupt a 17-day working vacation to make a day trip to Washington for the trade announcement, had been expected to seek a so-called Section 301 investigation earlier this month, but an announcement was postponed as the White House pressed for China's cooperation on North Korea.

As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more.

"In light of the ongoing standoff between the United States and North Korea, as well as President Trump's reckless words, I ask that you immediately call the House of Representatives back into session to debate legislation prohibiting the US from conducting a pre-emptive nuclear strike without prior Congressional authorization", he said.

United States President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron have discussed North Korean issues and agreed to work to denuclearize North Korea. Xi, in his phone conversation with Trump, urged calm. -China trading relationship. But analysts have cautioned that Trump faces a huge challenge in his desire to significantly reduce the USA trade deficit with China, which past year stood at more than $300 billion. Trump's comments, however, do not appear to be backed by significant military mobilization on either side of the Pacific, and an important, quiet diplomatic channel remains open.

The letter was sent hours after President Trump declared on Twitter that "military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

The two leaders also reiterated a commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

An administration official, however, insisted diplomacy over North Korea and the potential trade probe were "totally unrelated", saying the trade action was not a pressure tactic.

House must stop pre-emptive nuclear strike on N. Korea: lawmaker
House must stop pre-emptive nuclear strike on N. Korea: lawmaker

Trump, in the past, has tied trade policy to national security.

When asked about the delay, the dministration officials did not address the question directly.

The officials said that matter, and the trade issue, are not linked.

If Lighthizer decides to go ahead with an investigation, the USA would first consult with China and the investigation process could take as long as a year, officials said. "This is why the President has chosen to act now and to act boldly", one administration official said.

"China's been engaged in the theft and forced transfer of U.S. technologies and intellectual property for years". But they may not know that China is forcing and coercing American companies that operate in China to turn over their technology.

It's unclear whether any actual repercussions for China, like sanctions or tariffs, would come from an investigation like this, and officials said there is no timeline for how long an investigation would take.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE