Trump ‘fully prepared’ for military action against Turkey – Pompeo

21 Oct, 2019 19:38 / Updated 3 hours ago

US President Donald Trump is “fully prepared” to use military force against Turkey if “needed,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared, qualifying the statement by insisting Washington prefers to use its “diplomatic powers.”

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폼페이오, "트럼프, 터키 공격 준비 끝내" 경고 

  마이크 폼페오 미 국무장관은 "필요하다면 터키에 대한 군사력을 사용할 준비가 돼 있다"고 선언했다.

폼페오 국장은 이날 오후 CNBC와의 인터뷰에서 "우리는 전쟁보다 평화를 선호한다"고 말했다.

그렇지만 군사적인 행동이 필요할 경우에는 트럼프 대통령이 그 행동을 취할 준비가 충분히 돼 있다는 것을 알아야 할 것이다.

폼페이오는 미국은 중포를 제거하기 전에 경제력과 '외교력'을 사용할 것이라고 덧붙였다. 그는 "미국의 군사력을 동원하는 놀라운 일을 할 것인가에 대한 대통령의 결정 앞에서 벗어나고 싶지 않았다"고 말해 앙카라가 선을 넘었는지를 결정하는 것은 트럼프의 몫임을 시사했다.

트럼프는 앞서 터키가 테러분자로 간주되는 쿠르드족 단체에 맞서 시리아 접경지역 선거운동을 펼칠 수 있는 공간을 터키에 주는 혜택을 주었다. 그는 지난주 유세에서 "때로는 조금 싸우게 놔둬야 할 때가 있다"고 말했다. "때로는 아이들이 많은 곳에서 두 아이처럼 싸우게 놔두어야 하고, 그리고 나서 그들을 갈라놓아야 해."라고 말했다.

황기철 콘페이퍼 에디터 큐레이터

Ki Chul Hwang, conpaper editor, curator

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“We prefer peace to war,” Pompeo told CNBC in a taped interview that aired Monday afternoon.

But in the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action.

Pompeo added that Washington would use economic and “diplomatic powers” before breaking out the heavy artillery. He did not want to “get out in front of the president’s decision about whether to take the awesome undertaking of using America’s military might,” he said, indicating that it was up to Trump to decide whether Ankara had crossed the line.

President Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in Washington DC © Reuters / Leah Millis

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Trump had earlier touted the wisdom of giving Turkey some space to enact its campaign on the border of Syria against Kurdish groups Ankara considers to be terrorists. “Sometimes you have to let them fight a little while, then people find out how tough the fighting is,” he quipped at a campaign rally last week. “Sometimes you have to let them fight like two kids in a lot, you gotta let them fight, and then you pull them apart.”

Turkey and the US agreed on a five-day ceasefire last week, allowing the Kurds to clear the area Ankara wants to turn into a safe zone. While both sides have accused the other of breaking the temporary truce, Trump bragged to reporters on Monday that “the ceasefire’s holding.”

Some US troops were withdrawn from northeast Syria earlier this month before Turkey launched its operation, but their future remains unknown. The Pentagon insists they will remain in Syria to guard the oil fields while Trump has said they will be redeployed elsewhere in the Middle East. 

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