In an interview with the Financial Times, President Trump made a promise to, “solve the North Korea problem.” He gave China an ultimatum stating, “Well if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you.”
America currently has about 900 active nuclear warheads. The strategic nuclear warheads are deployed on intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), and strategic bomber aircraft. The State Department announced in April 2015 that approximately 2,500 warheads are retired and await dismantlement. The United States and Russia account for 93 per cent of nukes. Since their peak in the mid-1980s, global arsenals have shrunk by over two-thirds. More countries have given up weapons and programs in the past 30 years than have tried to acquire them.
Deputy White House national security adviser KT McFarland says the US could be hit by North Korea’s nuclear weapons by 2020, while Trump has said he would be discussing the issue of North Korea with Chinese president Xi Jinping when he hosts the world leader at his resort this week.
He added, “China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone.”