North Korea said on Saturday it had conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that proved its ability to strike the US mainland, drawing a sharp warning from Trump and a rebuke from China. The U.S. gave China a proposed resolution several weeks ago.
The official said that while North Korea can now get a missile "off the ground", a lot of undetermined variables remain about guidance, reentry and the ability to hit a specific target.
The White House is noticeably frustrated with China's response.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke with Trump on Monday and agreed on the need for more action on North Korea just hours after the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said Washington is "done talking about North Korea". Again, if China continues to insufficiently address North Korea, I would urge you to consider this option as you and your national security team weigh potential actions to secure China's cooperation in deterring North Korea's nuclear weapons development.
"We think the North Korea nuclear issue and China-US trade are issues that are in two completely different domains".
The Trump administration was hopeful that it could persuade China to influence North Korea and change the country's nuclear course. Xinhua's editorial pointed that out, saying taming North Korea is not China's responsibility and the United States should not "stab China in the back".More news: US State of Florida Reports First Sexually Transmitted Zika Case
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China is the North's biggest trade partner and food and fuel aid source. It marked the second ICBM launch in 24 days and the kind of technical achievement that USA presidents said the country could not tolerate.
"North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability", Pacific Air Forces commander General Terrence J.
Schumer's request comes amid increasing United States concerns about the threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
Are the North Koreans even interested in talks?
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continues to test missiles, and that is testing the global community. Further sanctions on the regime are expected from Washington.
"I want to congratulate him on the great job he has done with Homeland Security", Trump said.