Trump’s diplomacy with North Korea and Iran through China and Arab world

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US President Donald Trump’s carrot and stick policy with China has started showing results with Beijing’s decision to ban coal imports and other commodities shipments from Kim Jong Un’s regime of North Korea  in compliance with United National Security Council resolutions .

This is for the first time that China has acted against Pyongyang but whether its is a shift in foreign policy or a tactical approach to come close to Trump administration remains to be seen.

With this move of China, North Korea will be pushed to return to the negotiating table on the controversial nuclear issue  as the country is heavily dependent on coal exports which amount to 90% of its trade with Beijing .


Donald Trump vowed to deal with Pyongyang strongly after DPRK successfully tested a new medium long-range ballistic missile  the Pukguksong-2 and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson  forced Xi Jinping to use all possible tools to bring North Korea to resolve nuclear issue through diplomacy.

Another big test of Trump’s foreign policy would be to deny nuclear deal with Iran so as to keep balance between Shiite Iran and Sunni Arabs.As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu termed his visit to the US and his meetings with US President Trump as successful and stronger,another aspect of Trump’s policy would be to assure Isreal,US and other countries in the region with regard to sharing the common view about the dangers and opportunities in the Middle East. Iran recently tested two medium range ballistic missiles which was criticized by Trump calling it in violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 .

There are reports that Arabs are apprehensive of Iran contemplating to test nuclear weapons and US Senator Graham has called world powers to enforce economic pressure  on the Islamic Republic to deter Iran from that course.But Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  stated that Tehran  would never seek to build a nuclear weapon.

Trump seams to impose sanctions on North Korea and at the same time forcing it through China to solve it diplomatically while Saudi Arabia and Israel are influencing Trump administration to deter Iranian aggressive approach.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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