That's the claim of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.
Arguing that China sees eye-to-eye with the United States about the threat posed by Pyongyang's aggressive weapons development, Tillerson said: "We don't blame the Chinese for the situation in North Korea". "If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing". We are gonna be able to handle them. "They aren't related. They should not be discussed together", Qian said.
"If there's going to be a war to stop [Kim Jong Un], it will be over there". China has insisted that it is not responsible for North Korea, even as the USA has accused the Chinese leadership of propping up Pyongyang.
Traditionally, the United States and China have negotiated sanctions on North Korea before formally involving other council members.
"The specifics of our assessment are classified for reasons I hope you understand", Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis told a news briefing, acknowledging only that the missile could fly at least 5500km, the minimum range for what the Pentagon classifies as an ICBM. "China, Russia and the rest of the worldwide community must take seriously this undeniable fact and increase their pressure".
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un touted the test as a success and claimed the "whole U.S. mainland" is now within range of his missiles.More news: Microsoft announces Skype users can now send money in conversations using PayPal
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In its editorial, China Daily said Pyongyang's constant saber-rattling is a threat to China too, as the world's second largest economy "feels threatened by the damage Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions may inflict on its immediate neighborhood".
The only way to bring North Korea back to the negotiation table is by exerting maximum diplomatic pressure.
Mr Trump later wrote on Twitter that he was "very disappointed" in China and that Beijing profits from USA trade but had done "nothing" for the U.S. with regard to North Korea, something he would not allow to continue.
The president's tweets coincided with a 10-hour bilateral mission that saw US B-1B bombers along with fighter jets from the South Korean and Japanese air forces practise intercept and formation drills.
China says Washington's own rules restricting United States high-tech exports are partially to blame.
He said other options were "not particularly attractive".