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Oliver North: Trump Must Convince Xi US Serious on Military Action

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By    |   Friday, 11 Aug 2017 02:48 PM

To end the crisis with North Korea, President Donald Trump must convince China that the United States is serious about military action, and he has not yet gone far enough toward making that happen, retired Lt. Col. Oliver North said Friday.

"President Xi [Jinping] has not done what he needs to do," North told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "What has to happen is that the bureau in Beijing needs to be convinced that we will take military action if this continues. They hold all the cards. They can play it any way they want."

China, he continued, does not want "5 million refugees rushing across their border and becoming boat people heading to China from North Korea."

There are several steps Trump could take to convince China's president that he will not back down, and that China needs to take steps to stop North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aggressions, North pointed out in an opinion piece for Fox News on Thursday.

On Friday, he said the steps he outlined in his opinion piece, which urge both military and diplomatic solutions, will convince Xi that if the matter escalates to war, "it's not going to be pretty."

Secretary of Defense James Mattis probably described the situation best, said North, when he said a war would be a "catastrophe."

"It certainly will be for North Korea," said North, noting that he also suggests that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet with Xi in Beijing and warn him to his face about the consequences of his failure to act.

"The United Nations Security Council's vote on sanctions also was significant," said North, as China and Russia joined in, but there is a problem with sanctions: "They take too damn long."

"The bottom line of it is this is something that needs to be shut down in days, not weeks or months or years," said North. "It's never happened because China was never there with us. This is a clear signal they are."

North also emphasized that North Korea has nuclear weapons, and the United States can look back later at whether the Obama administration or the Chinese government did not do more to stop the country's aggressions, but right now, "the United States of America is vulnerable to a North Korean attack."

The situation also is different, said North, than the Cold War standoffs between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

"We were pretty sure, as was John Kennedy, that the Soviets wanted to survive the experience and therefore it was unlikely that they were going to launch a strike on us," said North. "There's no such assurance for the people running the governments in Tehran or Pyongyang. Their view of life is not one that suits us if we're looking at the future."

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To end the crisis with North Korea, President Donald Trump must convince China that the United States is serious about military action, and he has not yet gone far enough toward making that happen, retired Lt. Col. Oliver North said Friday.
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