Russian state television has claimed US President Donald Trump is more risky than North Korea's supreme commander, Kim Jong-Un, in an apparent indication that Moscow's opinion of the Republican has shifted.
Administration officials have told CNN that Trump was struck by the fact that China accounts for some 80% of North Korea's trade and as such, could have outsized influence on Pyongyang. While the situation is opaque and unpredictable, it is at least clear the "strategic patience" long deployed by a US-led global community has failed to curb the rogue state's determination to become a nuclear power.
"Any message for North Korea, sir, Kim Jong-Un?"
The USS Carl Vinson carrier battle group, which Trump boasted last week was the "armada, very powerful" to bring leader Kim Jong-un to heel is instead carrying out drills off the coast of Australia. In the middle of him talking with North Korea I'm going to hit them with currency manipulation?
The fact that Kiselyov is being given free rein to use such tough rhetoric about Trump is nonetheless likely to reflect how deep the Kremlin's anger runs about what it sees as Trump's failure to deliver on his pledge of better ties with Moscow.
About three-fourths of North Korea's trade is with its communist neighbor China, according to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Wu did not mention sanctions during the interview, reiterating China's commitment to a peaceful resolution through dialogue, the same stance Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed to U.S. President Donald Trump in a phone call last week.
North Korea Policy Remains Uncertain.
"At this point, we have to wait and see", McFarland said on Fox News Sunday.
China had applied economic pressure on North Korea by blocking its coal exports to China, reduced flights between the two countries' capitals and moved more than 100,000 troops to their land border.
The time of dictating orders by brandishing the United States military might has gone.
The report added that North Korea uses its construction companies in Africa to build arms-related, military and security facilities.
Speaking in front of a picture of the North Korean leader and military commanders juxtaposed next to Trump's image, Kiselyov said Kim Jong-Un was less scary than the U.S. president because he was ready for talks, had not attacked other countries, and had not sent a naval armada to the USA coast.
United Nations sanctions against North Korea "have been very modest compared to what we do vis-a-vis Iran or Cuba", Manning said.
The possible cost of North Korean retaliation for any military action against its nuclear and missile complex - an artillery barrage targeting civilians in Seoul and thousands of United States troops south of the border - is just as painful as ever.
Mr Kim is highly unpredictable.
"In Asia, as in Syria, Trump is sending a signal: We're back in the game".
History tells us appeasement can be more risky than confrontation.
George Washington University professor Henry Nau, who served on the National Security Council staff in the Reagan administration, said the tough talk was primarily aimed at getting the attention of rogue elements in various parts of the world that have acted with impunity in the past. And it has become an unacceptable risk.