‘It Won’t Happen,’ Donald Trump Says of North Korean Missile Test
Faced with a threat from North Korea that it might soon test an intercontinental ballistic missile, President-elect Donald J. Trump took to Twitter on Monday to declare bluntly, “It won’t happen!”
面对朝鲜可能很快会试射一枚洲际弹道导弹的威胁，候任总统唐纳德·J·特朗普(Donald J. Trump)周一在Twitter上直言不讳地宣布，“这不会发生！”
Mr. Trump made his post on Twitter, where he often tests out his first thoughts on developing issues in the United States and abroad, a day after North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong-un, declared that the “final stage in preparations” was underway for a test of such a missile. Mr. Kim offered no time frame. North Korea has routinely tested short- and medium-range missiles, with some successes and many failures, but it has so far stopped short of testing a long-range missile, which could reach Guam or the West Coast of the United States.
“North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S.,” Mr. Trump wrote, somewhat misstating Mr. Kim’s warning. Pyongyang has already tested nuclear weapons underground; the latest threat concerned what Mr. Kim called a “test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.” But Mr. Kim also boasted last year that the North had conducted “the first H-bomb test,” and experts say there is no evidence for that claim.
Mr. Trump takes office in less than three weeks, and a test by North Korea, if it demonstrated that the missile could in fact reach American shores, would present one of the first big national security tests for his administration.
There was no immediate comment from either North or South Korea on Mr. Trump’s latest remarks.
North Korea conducted a nuclear test in the first months of the Obama administration, turning many White House officials against the country — and against the concept of negotiating with it. Early in the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump said he was willing to sit down with Mr. Kim and perhaps have a hamburger with him. But negotiating with the North would be anathema to many Republicans, and even Mr. Obama, who was willing to talk with the leaders of Cuba and Myanmar, refused to enter negotiations with the North unless it acknowledged that the endpoint of the talks would be a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.
In his New Year’s Day speech, Mr. Kim said he would continue his country’s efforts to build a nuclear-strike capability unless the United States abandoned its “hostile” policy toward the North.
Some analysts have predicted that North Korea will conduct a weapons test in the coming months, taking advantage of leadership changes in both the United States and South Korea.
How Mr. Trump would respond to such a provocation is a matter of great concern for South Koreans, who are also struggling with uncertainty in their domestic politics. South Korea’s Parliament voted on Dec. 9 to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal. If the nation’s Constitutional Court decides to formally remove her from office, the country will have a new election within months.
韩国民众非常关注特朗普如何应对这一挑衅，此外他们还面临着国内政治局势不确定的问题。韩国议会12月9日投票决定就一起腐败丑闻弹劾总统朴槿惠(Park Geun-hye)。如果韩国宪法法院(Constitutional Court)决定正式将她免职，该国将在几个月内举行新的选举。