A North Korean missile Taepodong class is displayed during a military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang (AFP Photo) / AFP
New York Times: U.S. May Soon Increase Pressure on China to Constrain North Korea
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will warn China’s leaders that the United States is prepared to step up missile defenses and pressure on Chinese financial institutions if they fail to use their influence to restrain North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, according to several officials involved in planning his first mission to Asia.
China has complained vociferously about the Trump administration’s recent decision to speed up the deployment of the Thaad antimissile system in South Korea, charging that it will undermine regional stability.
But the Trump administration’s message is that the United States has run out of time to respond to North Korea’s military advances, and that the party the Chinese needs to complain to is in Pyongyang.
One senior administration official involved in the planning called it “responsible” to increase the defenses of the United States and its allies against growing threats from North Korea. The official acknowledged that doing so would displease Beijing, but noted that China has the option of helping constrain and pressure the North.
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WNU Editor: Is this the "stick" that President Trump is going to use to change China's mind? .... China to Trump: We don't want a trade war - but if there is one, you'd lose (Kansas City/Washington Post). My prediction .... China is not going to put more pressure on North Korea .... opting for the status quo and the hope that things will settle down. I call this wishful thinking .... there is no reason to feel optimistic that things will settle down.