Sunday, 22 April, 2018

US tries to use better China ties to press North Korea

US President Donald Trump met with China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi at the White House on Thursday North Korea denies torturing US detainee Otto Warmbier
Francis Olson | 24 June, 2017, 22:04

"I explained to the president of China that a trade deal with the USA will be far better for them if they solve the North Korea problem", he said, days after the meeting.

Last week, Tillerson told a Senate hearing that China's efforts on North Korea had been "uneven".

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea will also figure in the talks, with the U.S. wanting a freeze on all building activity in the area.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host a Chinese delegation led by State Councilor Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui, chief of the People's Liberation Army's Joint Staff Department.

The US was expected to press China for more cooperation on the matter but also look at issues surrounding counter-terrorism and territorial rivalries in the South China Sea.

Despite global condemnation and sanctions, North Korea has built a small nuclear arsenal and is developing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles that could threaten Japan, South Korea and - one-day - even some U.S. cities.

"The United States remains committed to holding North Korea accountable for multiple violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions which expressly prohibit its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program", he said.

Amnesty for militants in Syria's Raqqa aims to promote stability
The strikes targeted ISIS command and control centers, as well as ammunition depots in the Syrian province of Hama. Other ISIS targets were hit in subsequent airstrikes, the ministry added .

"Certainly, in the way of providing resources to governments that are battling against terrorism and trying to help with capacity building for governments and security forces in various places, they've been involved in some of this effort, but very, very limited to date, and I think that we are interested in seeing what else they could do", Thornton said in response to a question.

Mr Trump has been escalating his disdain towards the North Korean hermit state since the death of 22-year-old student Otto Warmbier on Monday June 19.

Meanwhile, shortly before the China-US talks, US President Donald Trump said on Twitter he might give up hope that Beijing could exert any meaningful pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "Obviously, China has played and can continue to play a greater role in helping to resolve this situation, and we will continue to hopefully build on the relationship and the dialogue that we've had with China", Spicer said. -Chinese talks in Washington.

"It will take time to see the effects, which will be more and more evident according to our research", Lu said.

USA and Chinese diplomats and defense chiefs are meeting later Wednesday in Washington for security talks. It had long pushed for a resumption of USA negotiations with North Korea, which now appears a remote prospect. The plan has already produced agreements for China to buy USA beef and natural gas.

As a traditional ally and Pyongyang's largest trade partner, Beijing said it would stop buying North Korean coal, a major source of hard currency for Pyongyang, in February.

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