Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Tillerson to press China and ASEAN states on North Korea in Manila

Tillerson to press China and ASEAN states on North Korea in Manila

But Tillerson said the US does not think productive talks would result if North Korea came with the intention of maintaining their nuclear weapons.

Thornton declined to comment on any possible action but stressed that despite Trump's tweets, North Korea and the trade issue were not linked in a "transactional", but "in a sort of philosophical way".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has offered reassurance to North Korea that "we are not your enemy", though he wants help from China to push for conditions that can lead to talks with the North.

China has realised that nuclear-armed North Korea is becoming a greater threat to its security and is working to address the challenge posed by Pyongyang, a top USA official has said.

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And he continued to push for Chinese help to keep pressure on North Korea due to their special economic relationship. In response, Washington drafted the planned United Nations resolution to toughen sanctions against Pyongyang .

On Monday, Politico reported citing sources in the White House that Washington is secretly preparing a set of anti-China trade measures partially over Beijing's alleged reluctance to put severe pressure on North Korea.

Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday after the missile test that he was "very disappointed" in China and that Beijing profits from USA trade but had done "nothing" for the United States with regards to North Korea, something he would not allow to continue. "We do have indications that China is extremely concerned about North Korea and extremely unhappy with the direction things are going. We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula".

Trump is considering encouraging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to initiate an investigation of Chinese trade practices under the 1974 Trade Act's section 301, the official said. "If we can work together to do that, surely we can have a productive, mutually beneficial economic relationship in which we both enjoy reciprocal and fair access to each other's markets".

"International society, including Russian Federation and China, need to take this seriously and increase pressure", Abe said. When asked about how the Trump administration might compel China to act against Kim Jong Un's regime, Gorka had a big idea.

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Abe and Trump did not discuss military action against North Korea, nor what would constitute the crossing of a "red line" by Pyongyang, Deputy Chief Cabinet spokesman Koichi Hagiuda told reporters.

"We have the president's Twitter feed", Gorka replied.

The United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force on Sunday in response to the missile test and the July 3 launch of the "Hwasong-14" rocket, the Pentagon said. O'Shaughnessy said in a statement.

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