Korea trade after its trucks haul missiles

The US hopes China - North Korea's largest trading partner - can apply pressure to Pyongyang to curtail its nuclear ambitions.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, two young women accused of poisoning Kim Jong Nam appeared in court as their lawyers said Malaysian police still have not handed over security camera footage and documents crucial to the defense. He says, "You can never tell with North Korea how much of the threat is legitimate and how much of it is ginned up by the Chinese for their own purposes".

Security forces in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir opened fire on crowds of people who attacked polling stations where voting for a by-election was taking place, killing five and injuring at least a dozen.

China accounts for an estimated 80 percent of North Korea's foreign trade, along with crucial food and fuel assistance.

Speaking after North Korea's latest - and apparently failed - missile test, Gen McMaster told ABC: "I think there " s an worldwide consensus now, including - including the Chinese and the Chinese leadership - that this is a situation that just can't continue". The consensus including China is "that this problem is coming to a head".

President Donald Trump suggested Sunday that his about-face on labeling China a currency manipulator was a strategic move meant to entice the country's cooperation on North Korea.

For decades, United States officials have made clear to their Chinese counterparts that the U.S. won't barter economic or other foreign policy issues in exchange for support on the North Korean issue - sending the signal that the USA position on the issue was in the interests of global stability.

Global observers have warned that over the past decade North Korea has become adept at circumventing the United Nations sanctions, particularly so-called dual-use equipment that has both military and civilian applications.

While it remains unclear whether Trump's comments mesh with the administration's more fleshed-out policy, they have drawn raised eyebrows from former White House officials, who are sounding the alarm.

Asked if he was confident that China will pressure North Korea in a meaningful way, McMaster replied, "We'll see what happens". The launch from the city of Sinpo comes a day after one of the biggest North Korean propaganda events of the year- celebrations of the 105th birthday of late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather.

It remains unclear what Trump would be able to offer China on trade in exchange for more decisive action on North Korea, but experts raised questions about what economic terms the U.S. could offer Beijing in return.

  • Leroy Wright