Trump Wants China to Pay for Failing to Stop North Korea

Pauline Gross
July 16, 2017

The White House took swift action after seeing that a strategy of persuasion wasn't working - approving a long-delayed arms sales package to Taiwan, sending in a pair of freedom of navigation operations to challenge Beijing's territorial claims in the heavily contested South China Sea, and imposing an initial round of secondary sanctions, which targeted a few individuals and companies with financial ties to Pyongyang.

The officials say Trump is "frustrated" that his repeated demands for China to unilaterally solve North Korea, and that moving against Chinese businesses will be an expression of his frustration, expecting that it might convince China to do more.

Documents were issued by the district court to allow the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the company.

Trump's most recent comments dampened his initial optimism following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April.

The sanctions come after a series of missile tests by North Korea.

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New Defense Minister Song Young-moo vowed to drastically "reform" South Korea's military in the face of growing provocations from the North, saying Friday during an inaugural speech in Seoul that achieving "self-reliant defense capabilities" was the goal. This is going to mean Chinese banks.

The threat of further secondary sanctions on Chinese companies could complicate next week's US-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue, an important forum for narrowing differences between the world's two biggest economies. "The maintenance of normal economic and trade exchanges between China and [North Korea] does not violate Security Council's resolutions", the foreign ministry spokesman said.

While preparations for fresh sanctions are moving forward, tangible new steps by China could prompt Washington to put the measures on hold, the U.S. sources said.

BEIJING (AP) - China defended Thursday its purchase of iron ore from North Korea following criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump and said it is "strictly and earnestly" complying with United Nations sanctions. "They've had numerous wars with Korea".

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