Tillerson once again does the thing where he walks back Trump's comments

Tillerson once again does the thing where he walks back Trump's comments

His concern, however, was not North Korea but fear that China would close the technology gap between the US and Chinese militaries.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says North Korea is already violating several UN Security Council resolutions anyhow, suggesting that the US needs to rethink its tactics toward something else, while angrily demanding China do more.

China has washed its hands of responsibility for curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, saying it was up to Pyongyang and Washington to sort out their differences.

In a harsh criticism of the US, China's Permanent Representative Liu Jieyi told the reporters here on Monday that Washington has failed in its obligations to implement the Security Council resolutions on North Korea because it has moved to impose an "economic blockade, took actions and used language" that escalate tension.

With the USA focusing on North Korea's key ally China to bring change in the regime, key US officials are already discussing different scenarios to deal with the crisis.

The Trump administration is preparing sanctions against China in an effort to pressure Beijing into exerting more control over North Korea, the U.S. media reported on Monday.

China is the North's biggest trade partner and food and fuel aid source.




Trump said on Twitter that he is "very disappointed in China" for failing to stop the testing. Chinese trade with North Korea actually increased 37.4 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2016.

House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi also said that China has to help deal with North Korea.

If China does not change its posture, the US should take clear and firm action to seek to ensure China's cooperation.

While the US should remain open to foreign investment, the security threat posed by China's continued trade arrangements with North Korea justifies suspending approval of all CFIUS covered transactions where Chinese entities could gain a controlling interest. The reported recent tightening of China's outbound foreign direct investment (OFDI) controls in tandem with state funding for OFDI in many sectors indicate that major foreign investments in the USA from China are increasingly tied to state interests. Suspending Chinese firms' ability to acquire companies in the USA would be one such action.

Li's remarks came after Pyongyang test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 28 that has a range to hit major United States cities.

North Korea's progress in developing long range ICBMs is exceeding almost all projections, and a few knowledgeable people now believe that some of our major east coast cities are now vulnerable to attack.

Donald Trump's combination or ineptitude, disinterest, and instability are empowering a threat to the entire world.

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