Beijing Pushes Back On Trump's North Korea Rhetoric

Beijing Pushes Back On Trump's North Korea Rhetoric

Beijing Pushes Back On Trump's North Korea Rhetoric

The North, which is intent on developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States, defied worldwide pressure Sunday with a test that failed immediately after launch.

The tests are to take place in the Pacific, off the coast of California, with Pentagon officials saying they believe the upgraded missiles have a better chance of intercepting intermediate-range missiles than their earlier models, which Pentagon officials conceded offered little capability to shoot down even limited numbers of missiles.

Reclusive North Korea regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States and has shown no let-up in its belligerence after a failed missile test on Sunday, which followed a huge display of missiles at a parade in Pyongyang.

U.S. President Donald Trump praised Chinese efforts to rein in "the menace of North Korea" on Thursday, after North Korean state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty preemptive strike".

As it was delivered, China's top diplomat, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, warns that the U.S. and North Korea are set for a "head-on collision" with neither side willing to give way. "If they are used by North Korea for military objective, they must have been modified by the North Korean side", said the sales manager, who would give only his surname, Wang. "Through this exercise, I am sure we can deter war and remove our enemy's intention to provoke us".

South Korea's business sentiment index showed that South Korean firms doing business in China felt that business conditions in the neighbouring land were the worst ever, largely due to restrictions, although also due to market competition.

Pence told reporters Monday that Trump was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons program.

"We both had a vast supply of nuclear weapons and there were incidents where we came dangerously close to launching a nuclear strike against each other, but nonetheless, you basically had fairly rational people in the Kremlin, and certainly, you did in the United States and other nuclear powers like France and Britain and China", Cobb said.

"China's position on opposing a nuclear-capable (North Korea) is firm, clear and consistent", Lu said.

US VP Mike Pence meets Indonesian president on Asia tour
The trip so far has been dominated by USA and allies' concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile development efforts. But the meetings could indicate how forcefully the US will pressure Japan to further open its farm and automotive sectors.

Pence, on Tuesday, reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the ready to work closely with its Asian allies in the region to achieve "a peaceable resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

During Saturday's military parade it displayed what appeared to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles.

"If the United States is reckless enough to use military means, it would mean from that very day an all-out war", Han said.

On Wednesday, Pence is scheduled to visit the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base to inspect the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, and to give a lecture in Tokyo.

Mattis credited China with trying to help get the North Korea situation "under control" with the goal of denuclearizing the peninsula.

"We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", he said.

"We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC.

North Korea makes use of "weak transshipment regulations, falsified cargo declarations and shipping documents, reflagging and disguised materials to import banned materials", according to a 2015 report for the European Union Institute for Security Studies.

The same day, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing was "gravely concerned" about North Korea's recent nuclear and missile activities.

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