Threats of mutual nuclear attack are worrying the pacific community, particularly the U.S. territory of Guam, which Kim Jong Un said would be hit first.
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Just when President Donald Trump's strategy for North Korea was finally starting to show dividends, he threw it a curve.By inflaming the situation, Trump also may have undermined the only serious prospect for resolving the North Korea crisis: successful cooperation with China. Trump's strategy has relied on a delicate diplomatic two-step: increasing pressure on China in hopes that, in turn, China will use its influence to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear aspirations. Trump had been deeply frustrated by China's recalcitrance, but there were signs it was finally coming around, including its vote in favor of the toughest U.N. sanctions in a generation – possibly ever.Trump agreed to hold off after China, with its U.N. Security Council vote, signaled it was finally moving in the direction Trump wanted, U.S. officials said.So Trump's administration put Beijing on notice it would be closely monitoring its compliance.But in the wake of Trump's threat, it's far from clear that China – the North's economic lifeline – will feel compelled to punish Pyongyang economically, a step that China ultimately feels is against its interests. So what drove Trump to upset the balance on North Korea so dramatically?
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