Trump: China fell short on N Korea

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US PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump ap­pears to have lost faith in China’s abil­ity to pres­sure North Korea to curb its abu­sive be­hav­iour, throw­ing into ques­tion how his ad­min­is­tra­tion plans to con­tain the rogue na­tion’s grow­ing nu­clear threat.

A day af­ter Amer­i­can col­lege stu­dent Otto Warm­bier, who spent 17 months in cap­tiv­ity in Py­ongyang, died in his home­town of Cincin­nati on Mon­day, Trump called his treat­ment “a to­tal dis­grace” and sug­gested he has given up hope that Bei­jing can ex­ert mean­ing­ful lever­age on dic­ta­tor Kim Jong Un’s regime, tweet­ing: “I greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts of Pres­i­dent Xi & China to help with North Korea, but it has not worked out… I know China tried!”

The pres­i­dent’s dec­la­ra­tion marks a po­ten­tial turn in his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s strat­egy on North Korea, which had fo­cused on ramp­ing up in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal pres­sure on Kim, es­pe­cially from China, on which North Korea’s econ­omy re­lies. Trump had lob­bied Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping to take stronger ac­tion on Chi­nese banks and en­ti­ties do­ing busi­ness with North Korea.

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