Washington: As the world (and Donald Trump) has been taken aback with the news of an inter-continental ballistic missile being launched by North Korea, the United States President on Wednesday chastised China for doing too little to starve Pyongyang of funds and exert pressure over its nuclear pursuits.
This comes in the wake of Trump’s administration looking for ways to confront North Korea after its unprecedented test of a missile capable of hitting the US.
North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile this week showed a dangerous new reach for weapons it hopes to top with nuclear warheads one day.
As the US demands global action to counter the threat, the Trump administration is finding that some of the most obvious tools to increase pressure on the North have already been tried and failed.
China is the biggest trading partner of North Korea and Trump, since taking over the government, has placed a special attention on putting pressure on Beijing to use its influence and ramp up economic pressure.
During his first meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, Trump had expressed optimism that the two would work together effectively on the issue. However, in recent times, Trump has increasingly conceded the strategy has not produced fast results.
“Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter,” Trump tweeted today, before he departed for a trip to Poland.
“So much for China working with us — but we had to give it a try!”
Meanwhile, the White House said that the US president also discussed the need for nations to “stop hosting North Korean guest workers”, an issue Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also mentioned in his response a night earlier to the missile launch.