March 22, 2018

Beijing hits back at Trump criticism over N Korea

04 August 2017, 12:28 | Marta Robbins

Beijing hits back at Trump criticism over N Korea

Beijing hits back at Trump criticism over N Korea

He has followed in his father's footsteps in developing nuclear warfare. North Korea first demonstrated its nuclear abilities on October 9, 2006, when they conducted their first underground nuclear test.

That's the claim of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.

On Friday, Trump tweeted, "I am very disappointed in China". We are not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond.

"I believe him. If I were China, I would believe him, too, and do something about it", Graham said, referring to Trump's reaching out to China to pressure North Korea - a leading trading partner - to rein in its weapons program.

"If there's going to be a war to stop him (Kim Jong Un), it will be over there".

China, with which North Korea does the large majority of its trade, has repeatedly said it strictly followed United Nations resolutions on North Korea.

Trump's aides met over the weekend and will continue the discussions on Monday, the officials told Politico news.

North Korea conducted another intercontinental ballistic missile test on July 29, proving its ability to strike the U.S. mainland.

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Haley has said some options to strengthen United Nations sanctions were to restrict the flow of oil to North Korea's military and weapons programs, increasing air and maritime restrictions and imposing sanctions on senior officials. Abe said: "International society, including Russian Federation and China, need to take this seriously and increase pressure".

The comments came in response to a question about tweets from Trump Saturday warning that he would no longer allow China to "do nothing" on North Korea, after Pyongyang launched its second intercontinental ballistic missile test.

Mr Trump later wrote on Twitter that he was "very disappointed" in China and that Beijing profits from United States trade but had done "nothing" for the United States with regard to North Korea, something he would not allow to continue.

U.S. vice-president Mike Pence also claimed "all options are on the table" after the rogue regime's latest test of a long-range missile allegedly capable of hitting American cities.

In his critique, Trump linked trade woes with the Asian giant to policy on North Korea.

The deployment began in April despite strong opposition by China, which believes the powerful THAAD radars, installed about 300 km southeast of Seoul, could be used to spy on its military bases.

He said other options were "not particularly attractive".

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