Chinese official says no link between United States trade and N. Korea

Katrina Barker
August 3, 2017

"The US must send a clear message to China's government".

While all war game scenarios show the United States winning a military confrontation, that victory could come at the cost of hundreds of thousands of deaths, mostly in South Korea where millions of innocent people - and almost 30,000 U.S. troops - are already in range of North Korea's current missile capabilities.

While China has taken a few small steps in response to North Korea's nuclear missile tests, it has largely maintained normal economic relations with North Korea, despite the sanctions put in place by numerous United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.

Economic measures against China may reportedly come from the Trump administration sometime this week.

Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Qian Keming, weighed in too, telling a news conference there was no link between the North Korea issue and China-U.S. trade.

Abe and Trump did not discuss military action against North Korea, nor what would constitute the crossing of a "red line" by Pyongyang, Deputy Chief Cabinet spokesman Koichi Hagiuda told reporters.

The top Democrat in the US Senate on Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to block Chinese investments in the United States in an effort to pressure China "to help rein in North Korea's threatening and destabilizing behavior". There is no getting away from the fact that China can and should do more to pressure the North to curb its nuclear program. It marked the second ICBM launch in 24 days and the kind of technical achievement that USA presidents said the country could not tolerate.

Abe told reporters after his conversation with Trump that repeated efforts by the worldwide community to find a peaceful solution to the North Korean issue had yet to bear fruit in the face of Pyongyang's unilateral "escalation".

"Taking out this outrage on China is clearly finding the wrong target", said Xinhua. It was all about putting the responsibility on China to force the North to abandon its program, which has grown increasingly and alarmingly formidable and now includes as many as 21 nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.

Are the North Koreans even interested in talks? One of the options is reported to be Washington's commitment to withdraw most of its troops from the Korean peninsula in the case that the North Korean regime collapses.

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