Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Trump says China tried but failed over North Korea

President Donald Trump criticized the Chinese government for their failed efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme, ratcheting up the rhetoric over the death of an American who had been detained by the Korean Peninsula.

Trump wrote in a tweet “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!”

Trump has held high hopes for greater cooperation from China to exert influence over North Korea, leaning heavily on President Xi Jinping for his assistance. They met each other in Florida in April and Trump lauded Xi and resisted criticizing Chinese trade practices.

It was unclear if his latest tweet represented a significant shift in his thinking in the U.S. struggle to stop North Korea’s nuclear program and its test launching of missiles or a change in U.S. policy toward China.

Source: Reuters

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