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As far as GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump is concerned, North Korea is indeed a big problem…
But it's not our big problem.
The real estate mogul revealed in February how – if elected president – he intends to deal with "The Hermit Kingdom's" nuclear threats.
But before we get into the real estate mogul's master plan, let's look at the latest intimidation to come from Kim Jong Un's wily empire…
Yesterday, North Korea issued a statement claiming it would turn Washington and Seoul into "flames and ashes" with a "pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice." The statement is a reaction to joint military drills by the United States and South Korea, which started yesterday and will continue through April.
Such threats have been a staple of Kim Jong Un's since he came into power after his father's death in December 2011. This means we can expect them to continue for quite some time, on into the next U.S. presidency.
And if that presidency belongs to Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman has a plan to shush Un once and for all.
He intends to make China do it.
"China has tremendous power over North Korea and they take our money so we have power over China. I would get China to make that guy (Kim Jong Un) disappear in one form or another very quickly," Trump said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" on Feb. 10.
Co-host Norah O'Donnell asked Trump for specifics on his plan, curious as to whether or not the Republican favorite was suggesting that Kim Jong Un be assassinated.
"Well, you know, I've heard of worse things, frankly," Trump said. "I mean, this guy is a bad dude. And don't underestimate him."
When asked why the United States would not address the North Korean issue itself, Trump said it was China's responsibility. "China has control — absolute control — of North Korea," Trump said. "They don't say it, but they do, and they should make that problem disappear."
And how would Trump force China into making Kim Jong Un "disappear"?
Simple. Economic sanctions.
"I would force the Chinese to do it economically," Trump said. "I'd say you gotta do it. I would be very tough with them on trade. I'm going to stop them anyway to a certain extent, but maybe I'd stop them more forcefully."
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