November 30, 2017
President Trump said China is struggling to engage in diplomatic talks with North Korea as international leaders call for additional sanctions.
In a tweet Thursday morning, he said a Chinese diplomat who just visited Pyongyang had no influence on Kim Jong Un.
The president said it’s hard to understand why North Koreans, including those in the military, allow Kim to act as he does.
The Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man. Hard to believe his people, and the military, put up with living in such horrible conditions. Russia and China condemned the launch.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday in response to North Korea’s recent missile launch.
In the meantime, the U.S. and China have began security talks aimed at boosting cooperation in the face of provocations from the North.
The joint chief of staff’s planning director and a Chinese military official met privately Wednesday at the National Defense University in D.C.
Pyongyang claims its nuclear program is “complete,” and its ballistic missiles can reach the U.S. mainland.
Sources say Beijing is now more inclined to cooperate in regards to the North Korean crisis, but is reportedly demanding concessions in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is accusing the U.S. of trying to provoke North Korea into stepping up its nuclear program.
Lavrov said Moscow does not agree with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who recently called on the international community to sever all ties with Pyongyang.
Instead, Russia claims tensions with the rogue regime could be eased with simple dialogue.
“We take a negative on this” said Lavrov. “We have stressed many times that a sanctions regime has exhausted itself…and that all the resolutions which introduced the sanctions obligatory included a requirement to renew the political process, to renew the talks.”
Lavrov said America has made a big mistake by ignoring attempts to renew talks.
Russia is considered one of the few states that is still in good standing with North Korea.