US, North Korea Bear Responsibility for Reducing Tensions, Says China

Casey Dawson
August 4, 2017

"You can stop North Korea, militarily or diplomatically".

Schumer called on Trump to use the inter-agency committee "to suspend the approval of all mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. by Chinese entities".

The United States and North Korea "hold the primary responsibility to keep things moving, to start moving in the right direction, not China", Liu said.

Russia's foreign ministry hit back in a Monday statement, claiming military actions by the U.S., South Korea and Japan are feeding tensions in the region and specifically citing the American Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile shield being installed in the South.

Mr Pence said that while all options were available to the USA it was seeking a consensus against North Korea.

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Despite the proximity of these two recent THAAD tests to successive North Korean ballistic missile launches, the MDA had long accounted for this type of testing in the 2017 fiscal year. Some Republican lawmakers have called for overhauling the committee to address other concerns about Chinese deals. US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley responded by saying "the time for talk (with North Korea) is over".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally supervised the midnight test launch of the missile on Friday night and said it was a "stern warning" for the United States that it would not be safe from destruction if it tries to attack, the North's official KCNA news agency said. One week later and we're now hearing that North Korea already has an ICBM capable of reaching most of the U.S.

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe today said he and Mr Trump had agreed on the need for action on North Korea.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked what Donald Trump's stance was on North Korea after a Republican senator, Lindsay Graham, said the USA president was willing to go to war. They do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk.

In China's latest official response on the crisis, foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Saturday that China "opposes" North Korea's launch activities, which violate UN Security Council resolutions and "run counter to the collective will of the global community". His apparent confidence in his administration's ability to handle the complex situation comes despite Pyongyang's second test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile late last week. He said China had a particular role to play, as it accounted for 90 per cent of trade with the Communist nation.

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