North Korea is not our problem, Beijing tells US

Marsha Scott
August 1, 2017

US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley responded by saying "the time for talk (with North Korea) is over".

This request follows USA concerns about the threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs with President Trump repeatedly asking China to curb North Korea's excesses with his most recent tweet expressing his disappointment in China. The regime in North Korea is increasingly dependent on China's goods and investments, especially its energy and manufacturing imports.

China's rebuke to Mr. Trump didn't use exclamation marks. Washington has normally requested an emergency UN Security Council meeting following Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, but it appears to be taking a different course of action as USA ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says Washington will not be requesting an emergency meeting of the council this time around. Reports indicate that over 90 percent of North Korea's foreign trade is with China and 95 percent of its foreign direct investment comes from China. On Friday, North Korea tested a ballistic missile that experts have said could have the range to hit California.

But the Chinese government argues that North Korea won't back down and return to negotiations over its weapons programs unless the United States and its northeast Asian allies, South Korea and Japan, take conciliatory steps.

"We have tightened the review of the authenticity and regulation compliance on the overseas investment, hoping to guide more investment into the real economy and to reduce investment in sectors such as real estate, hotels, entertainment and sports", Qian said at a news conference.

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Now that friendly facade appears to be cracking.

House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi also said that China has to help deal with North Korea.

On Monday, Xinhua, Beijing's official news agency, published a 1,000-Chinese character editorial deriding Trump's incessant Twitter habit as "emotional venting". "I felt pretty strongly that [China] had a tremendous power over North Korea".

Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi said Monday that it is up to the USA and North Korea to solve the problems, not China. "Otherwise, the stalemate could fester and then, of course, there could be military action", Sisci said.

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