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US President Donald Trump Needs to Do Better than Tweeting, to Deal with North Korea

President Trump acquitted China of pressuring North Korea to Make Amends Regarding the Use of Nuclear Missiles

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  • The US planned to use China to pressure the North Korea to make amends regarding the use of the nuclear missile
  • Followed by the death of American Student, Trump acquitted China from the responsibility of pressurizing North Korea to make amends
  • The viable option for the US is if Congress exercises its foreign policies oversight responsibilities by conducting a hearing on the Trump’s North Korea policy

Washington, July 2, 2017:  Since Donald Trump has taken the seat as America’s President, the only threat to America is North Korea which has threatened to launch a fully fledged nuclear war. The report is based on the views presented to thehill.com by Gregory J. Wallance, who is a writer, lawyer, former federal prosecutor, serving as assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1979 to 1985.

Many people feel Trump did a positive thing by addressing North Korea as a threat. Further, the US has planned to use China to pressure the North Korea to make amends regarding the use of nuclear missile because China is North Korea’s major trading partner. In order to reduce trade exports from China to North Korea, US has promised China with better trading terms.

On June 21, 2017, Trump tweeted, “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” as a result of the death of an American college student who was jailed in North Korea who returned to the US in a coma.

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Soon after his tweet, he acquitted China from the responsibility of pressurizing North Korea to make amends which was taken by China in the best possible way. Now, Chinese President Xi Jinping was already unwilling to put pressure on North Korea can say that they tried their best.

Now the US is left with only two options: First is to launch a strike towards North Korea’s missile installations and face retaliation by North Korea resulting in a lot of deaths and the second is likely to wait till the time North Korea developing intercontinental ballistic missiles and that would give them the edge.

So, the viable option for the US is if Congress exercises its foreign policies oversight responsibilities by conducting a hearing on the Donald Trump’s North Korea policy.

A similar model was enacted in 1966 regarding Senate foreign relations committee’s hearings on Vietnam. It was done because, despite the late former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s assessments towards the Vietnam War, they were already losing so many American soldiers.

Conducting hearings like these would require the Trump administration to explain their policy and find better alternatives to actually make China pressurize North Korea and while the 1966 hearings were too late, Donald Trump’s administration still have time to retrace their steps towards the correct path and to make actual policy amendments rather than tweeting about the situation.

– summarised by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter: @sumit_balodi

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North Korea Bans Imports of Chinese Pork on Fears of African Swine Fever Epidemic

“North Koreans prefer Chinese pork to domestically produced pork, because it has thicker layers of meat and fat,” said the source

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The import ban seems to have had no effect on the price of pork, making the source believe that Chinese pork is still getting in. Wikimedia Commons

North Korean authorities have banned imports of Chinese pork as an African swine fever (ASF) epidemic rages north of the Yalu River border between the two countries.

According to the latest update from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, China has seen 138 ASF outbreaks since August 2018 and more than a million pigs have been culled since the initial outbreak in Liaoning province, which borders North Korea.

North Korea’s ministry of agriculture confirmed the country’s first ASF outbreak in Chagang province on May 23 and South Korea’s ministry of unification has proposed discussions on how the two Koreas can work together to stop the further spread of the disease.

But RFA sources in North Korea say Chinese pork is still being sold in local markets. “A few days ago I heard from a customs official that North Korea has completely blocked all imports of pork and beef from China to prevent the spread of African swine fever,” said a source from North Hamgyong province in an interview with RFA’s Korean Service on June 2.

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Pigs stand in a barn at a pig farm in Jiangjiaqiao village in northern China’s Hebei province on May 8, 2019. Pork lovers worldwide are wincing at prices that have jumped by up to 40 percent as China’s struggle to stamp out African swine fever in its vast pig herds sends shockwaves through global meat markets. RFA

“North Koreans prefer Chinese pork to domestically produced pork, because it has thicker layers of meat and fat,” said the source. “I heard that in some areas, including Pyongyang and Sinuiju, they are trying to control pork sales, but no action has been taken yet in North Hamgyong,” said the source. The source said that the ban is quite rare, especially since diseases among livestock are common during this part of the year.

“There have been infectious swine diseases in the past, but they never banned the import of pork from China. At this time of year, we are usually hit with infectious swine diseases and many pigs are culled, but none of the residents bury the dead pigs,” the source said. The import ban seems to have had no effect on the price of pork, making the source believe that Chinese pork is still getting in.

“The price of pork is between 14 and 15 Chinese Yuan (slightly more than $2) per kilogram, which is the same as before the authorities banned Chinese pork. Even though customs authorities are blocking pork imports from China, there is so much pork being smuggled in,” the source said. Another source, also from North Hamgyong, said the ban is strange, given that North Korean customs officials generally follow the lead of their Chinese counterparts.

“On the first of the month, pork that was to be brought in from China was quarantined at North Korean customs and sent back. It is unusual for our customs office to block this pork shipment because it didn’t have any problem going through Chinese customs,” said the second source.

“That [particular] pork shipment was to be brought in by a Chinese citizen of Korean descent who is a restaurant owner in Rason,” the second source said. “He thought there would be no problem going through customs because he regularly brings in pork from China. But the Wonjong customs office did not let it pass through on orders from the Central Committee,” the second source said.

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“North Koreans prefer Chinese pork to domestically produced pork, because it has thicker layers of meat and fat,” said the source. Wikimedia Commons

The second source said the restaurant owner was surprised his shipment was held back. “He has had no problem bringing in pork from China for several years now. Even when swine fever [started] spreading in China, he kept bringing it in. It’s the first time he has been stopped and he’s totally bewildered,” the second source said.

The second source said that the price of pork remains stable despite the ban, and no cases of ASF have been reported in Rason. Even so, residents have become fearful of the disease.

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“[They think] African swine fever is highly contagious and has a fatality rate of 100%, but Chinese pork is still being sold at the local markets and no restrictions have been announced,” said the second source. According to a USDA fact sheet, ASF is deadly only to domestic and feral pigs and does not affect humans. People can, however, spread the virus by coming in contact with the bodily fluids of infected livestock.

According to a source in South Pyongan province, North Korea has not culled pigs in any of its state-run farms where an ASF outbreak has occurred. The pigs instead were supplied to sausage factories at low cost. This has caused a flood of sausages to enter the market, cutting the price of sausage in half. (RFA)

Reported by Jieun Kim for RFA’s Korean Service. Translated by Leejin Jun. Written in English by Eugene Whong.