World War 3: North Korea is a Global Threat
American voters consider North Korea a greater threat to national security than the militant group Islamic State, a survey showed Wednesday, amid heightened concern in the U.S. in the wake of the North’s test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
According to the joint survey by Morning Consult and Politico, 40 percent of a total of 1,983 registered voters surveyed in the July 7-9 poll picked the North as the top threat to the U.S., followed by the IS with 30 percent and Russia with 16 percent.
About 83 percent of the respondents said they’ve heard, read or seen about the North’s missile test.
Older respondents were more likely to see the North as a top threat, with about 50 percent of those aged 65 or over picking the regime, compared with 30 percent of those aged 18-29, and 36 percent of the respondents aged 30-44, according to the survey.
As for a solution, 49 percent said they support air strikes against military targets and suspected nuclear sites in North Korea, while one in three voters said they would back sending ground troops as part of an effort to take control of the country, the poll showed.
Asked about diplomatic efforts and pressure, 78 percent said they support continuing diplomatic efforts to get the North to suspend its nuclear weapons program and 75 percent said they support additional sanctions against the regime.
About half of the respondents said they a lot or some confidence in President Donald Trump to handle the threats from the North while 44 percent said they didn’t have much or any faith in his ability to do so, the survey showed.
Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies agreed last week that North Korea poses a global threat, a top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday, although their joint declaration made no mention of the communist state.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster made the remark in a joint op-ed to the New York Times with National Economic Council Director Gary D. Cohn as they summarized the outcome of Trump’s trip to Europe last week.
“In many discussions with allies and partners at the G-20, leaders agreed that North Korea is a global threat that requires collective action,” the officials said in the piece titled “The Trump Vision for America Abroad.”
“During a dinner President Trump hosted with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan in Hamburg, the leaders agreed on a common strategy to confront the threat of North Korea and ensure the security of Northeast Asia and the United States,” they added.
The two-day summit in Hamburg, Germany, wrapped up Saturday with a declaration that made no mention of North Korea, even though the meetings came just a few days after the regime test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile designed to hit the continental U.S.
On Monday, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) accused Trump of failing to use the summit to rally international support for his efforts to pressure China to rein in the North.
In the op-ed, the advisers also stressed that the U.S. “supported open trade but insisted that it be fair.”
“Because of American leadership, all G-20 nations joined together in making an urgent call ‘for the removal of market distorting subsidies and other types of support by governments’ to ‘foster a truly level playing field,'” they said.
The remarks come a day after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sent a letter to South Korean Trade Minister Joo Hyung-hwan, saying the U.S. wants to start the process of revising the countries’ bilateral free trade agreement to address “our significant trade imbalance with South Korea.”
South Korean officials say the deal has been mutually beneficial. Experts also say that even though the U.S. has a deficit in goods trade, the country has enjoyed surpluses in services trade under the deal, and U.S. deficits in goods trade would have been larger had it not been for the pact.