US And Japanese Leaders Commit To Putting More Pressure On North Korea

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 6, 2017

On Friday, North Korea said it successfully launched a missile it claims could hit anywhere in the U.S. But experts doubt the North has the "guidance and control" to make that happen.

Trump believes that China is not doing enough to stop Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. "They aren't related. They should not be discussed together".

Thornton said China had taken "significant steps, . frankly unprecedented steps" to increase pressure on its neighbour North Korea, but it could do "a lot more" to step up enforcement of existing sanctions and to impose more.

The US has sent aircraft carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula to step up pressure against North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to refrain from developing a nuclear- tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching mainland US.

The State Department said exceptions will only be granted under "very limited circumstances" and that it doesn't yet know when it will release information about how to apply.

In his critique of Beijing, which came in two tweets, Trump linked trade strains with the Asian giant - marked by a trade deficit of $309 billion past year - to policy on North Korea, after South Korea indicated it was speeding up the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system that has infuriated China. "We will no longer allow this to continue", the U.S. president said.

On Sunday US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley tweeted that she was "done talking" about North Korea. Not only a United States problem, ' she said. The bombers took off from a USA air base in Guam and were joined by Japanese and South Korean fighter jets during the exercise.

'North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability, ' said General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, in a statement.

"If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing".

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton said that as many as 90 per cent of North Korea's economy is still flowing through China, so Beijing has more leverage on North Korea than any other country.

Any new U.N. Security Council resolution "that does not significantly increase the global pressure on North Korea is of no value", Haley said, adding that Japan and South Korea also needed to do more.

In a standard response to the test, Beijing urged restraint by all sides, after the US and South Korea conducted a live-fire exercise using surface-to-surface missiles.

"We've had the US-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue here in Washington DC recently that discussed the full gamut of trade and investment and economic issues, and that discussion is continuing and we've got a number of hundred-day plans in the works to negotiate resolution and show concrete progress in that relationship", the official said.

The essence of Sino-U.S. trade is mutual benefit and win-win, with a vast amount of facts proving the healthy development of business and trade ties is good for both countries, the ministry added.

Thornton declined to comment on any possible action but stressed that despite Trump's tweets, North Korea and the trade issue were not linked in a "transactional", but "in a sort of philosophical way".

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