North Korea fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, in an apparent effort to mar the upcoming US-China summit. Before the test, a senior White House official said regarding the rogue state, “the clock has now run out, and all options are on the table.”
President Trump echoed the tough talk in a recent Financial Times interview. “China has great influence over North Korea,” he said, “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.”
Trump added, “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.”
Concerning the latest missile test, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a terse and cryptic response.
What do you think is behind Tillerson’s statement? Indifference, hostility, or something else?