Abe, Trump hold talks, eye greater pressure on N. Korea

Judith Bessette
Julho 8, 2017

North Korea's latest missile launch has prompted global calls for action. "Russian Federation does have economic activity with North Korea", he said.

Tuesday's missile test represented a major milestone for North Korea in its controversial pursuit of a weapons programme capable of delivering a nuclear attack on the United States.

North Korea said it tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Tuesday and experts said it appeared to be of a type capable of hitting all of Alaska, prompting renewed US calls for global diplomatic action.

Trump pledged repeatedly during his election campaign to take a tough stance on Chinese trade practices deemed unfair to the United States, but his rhetoric softened after a friendlier-than-expected summit with Xi. North Korea said it could carry a large nuclear warhead.

Tillerson made the remark during a briefing on the talks between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, reiterating his rejection of a proposal from China and Russia that the USA suspend joint military exercises with South Korea if the North suspends missile testing. "So I would say we - our engagement is unchanged with China, and our expectations are unchanged", he said.

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are back at the White House
CARLOS BARRIA REUTERS US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are back at the White House

"But if China is not willing to pressure North Korea, then Trump should make clear that the USA will consider applying sanctions to Chinese companies that continue to trade with Pyongyang", the senator continued.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said it may take time to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions, but expressed confidence that Washington and Beijing could eventually do so.

"So we're going to continue those discussions and ask them to do more".

Neal further argued that an worldwide response is important given that current sanctions on North Korea have not worked as planned.

Press agenda on July 8
Leaders of world's 20 major economies are to discuss global trade, climate change and other worldwide issues. The meeting between the two leaders lasted for approximately 1 hour.

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