On Monday the White House released President Trump’s new national security strategy designed to protect the United States from domestic and global threats. Within that comprehensive strategy—addressing such issues as the Middle East, trade, border security and more—the president addresses the North Korean threat.
Besides Iran, North Korea is the United States’ leading threat to its security, the strategy details. In bold terms, the United States is ready to respond with “overwhelming force” to North Korean aggression, according to Fox News.
Though the details aren’t entirely spelled out, the strategy suggests that the United States has ways to “improve options” to influence North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. Another element to countering the North Korean threat involves bolstering ties with allies Japan and South Korea to help establish an “area defense capability.”
The problem is that China may not like it. Recognizing China as a “revisionist” power is a key element in the strategy. It details how China is determined to reform the global economy to its own ideals and states that “Chinese dominance risks diminishing the sovereignty of many states” not only in its region but beyond.
Besides China, the United States sees Russia as a divisive nation that must be countered, noting its “subversive measures” to weaken the U.S.’s credibility abroad. Though Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election isn’t mentioned, the document warns that both China and Russia are using cyber attacks and online propaganda to disrupt U.S. interests.
Border security is addressed, identifying the threat that terrorists pose in trying to cross into the United States illegally, as well as the problem of “violence, drug trafficking and illegal immigration” from Latin American nations. However, the document also suggests opportunities for American investments and trade.
Radically, Trump’s strategy rejects the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the central crisis in the Middle East; rather, it recognizes extremists groups such as ISIS, al-Qaida and Iran as chief proponents of instability in the region.
“Israel is not the cause of the region’s problems,” the document states. At the same time, it notes that nations once hostile to Israel are finding common ground with it on security issues.
Trump also envisions a security plan that allows for a bigger and better military, one that utilizes high-tech capabilities for the purposes of maintaining peace. The plan also aims at ending budget limits set during the recession.
In terms of trade, the goal is to work individually with countries rather than continue with former-President Obama’s plan of including several nations into one trade deal. The idea is to recognize the United States partaking in a competitive economy rather than part of a new world order.
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