Reuters: China, South Korea discuss more sanctions on North Korea amid talk of Trump action
China and South Korea agreed on Monday to slap tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carries out nuclear or long-range missile tests, a senior official in Seoul said, as a U.S. Navy strike group headed to the region in a show of force.
North Korea marks several major anniversaries this month and often marks the occasions with major tests of military hardware.
The possibility of U.S. military action against North Korea in response to such tests gained traction following last week's strikes against Syria. Previously, Washington has leaned toward sanctions and pressure to deter North Korea, but comments from U.S. President Donald Trump's top aides at the weekend suggest that position may be hardening.
However, South Korea's chief nuclear envoy Kim Hong-kyun said there was no mention of any military option in his talks with China's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs, Wu Dawei. The two also did not discuss any possible strike against the North by the Trump administration, he said.
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Update #1: South Korea, China Agree on Action to End North Korea Nuclear Threat (VOA)
Update #2: South Korea: China’s nuclear envoy to discuss cooperation with S.Korea (Asian Correspondent)
WNU Editor: In the past China always moved at a snails pace when it came to North Korea. But this South Korean - Chinese meeting .... on the heels so soon after the Trump - Xi summit .... tells me that President Trump was able to convey his point of view to Chinese President Xi that this is a high priority issue for him, and it should be resolved collectively.