Sun, Apr 23, 2017 - Page 4 News List

S Koreans outraged over Trump’s China comment

AFP, SEOUL

“What Mr Trump said was very important for the national security of South Korea,” conservative South Korean presidential candidate Hong Joon-Pyo told the Wall Street Journal. ”If that was a lie, then during Trump’s term, South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says.”

Fears of potential Korean conflict have mounted in recent weeks with Pyongyang showing no sign of any willingness to abandon its nuclear and missile programs and the US saying that military action was an “option on the table.”

The North has vast amounts of artillery deployed within striking range of Seoul, putting the South Korean capital at risk of devastation in even a conventional conflict.

The carrier controversy illustrated Trump’s “unpredictable behavior” that could lead to “disastrous events”, the Kyunghyang daily said.

“We are worried whether the Trump administration ... can properly handle a crisis on the Korean Peninsula,” it added. “The South Korean government should brace itself against the ‘Trump Risk.’”

This story has been viewed 12173 times.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top