US wants 'much greater' China pressure on NKorea

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 22, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said China is in agreement with the USA for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and called on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to abide by the United Nations Security Council resolution. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made it very clear that if China did not reign in its protege in Pyongyang, the United States would.

This week's talks take place as tensions between the USA and the North rose further following the release of a long-detained American college student, Otto Warmbier, and revelations he had been detained in the North for more than a year even after he fell into a coma.

The North Korean regime has embarked on a flurry of ballistic missile tests, nuclear weapons tests, assassination of relatives in foreign airports, and flying drones over South Korean territory.

In this June 20, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington.

"I think we make China walk the walk considering they've already talked the talk", the Admiral said.

American concern is growing over North Korea's acceleration toward having a nuclear missile that can strike the US mainland.

Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis spoke at the State Department after their meetings with China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui, Chief of the People's Liberation Army's Joint Staff Department. Stavridis, however, said he doesn't foresee the USA imposing sanctions against China.

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out".

"What you're seeing, I think, is the American people's frustration with a regime that provokes and provokes and provokes, and plays outside of rules, plays fast and loose with the truth", Mattis said, in response to a question posed by BBC reporter. On Tuesday, the US flew two supersonic B-1B bombers there in a show of force.

"We are. trying to create a global echo chamber where all countries come together behind the UN Security Council resolutions that have been developed to address North Korea's illicit weapons programs, and we are trying to get all countries to take actions to increase the pressure on North Korea through sanctions implementation and other measures", Thornton said.

"We understand the Americans are angry over the student's death", said Jin Qiangyi, director of the Center for North and South Korea Studies at Yanbian University in Yanbian, near China's border with North Korea.

Tillerson says the USA and China agree that their companies should not do business with any North Korean companies that are subject to United Nations sanctions.

Beijing, which wants resumed US negotiations with North Korea, was hoping for "positive outcomes" from Wednesday's dialogue, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

Both sides also discussed about increasing mutual trust and working toward a long-term risk reduction effort between the militaries and government of two countries.

Divisive trade issues will be dealt with at a later date.

President Donald Trump has been counting on China to use its economic leverage with North Korea's totalitarian government.

It was another strongly worded warning to North Korea, but given the administration's different statements, it's unclear what it will do next.

Washington has one threat it can use with Beijing: The possibility of "secondary" sanctions that go after Chinese companies doing business in North Korea.

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