Trump: China fell short on N Korea
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.