China to meet as 'activity detected' at North Korea nuclear test site
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 11:20
For the first time in several weeks, USA spy satellites have detected activity at North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the northeast of the country. "At least I know China tried", Trump wrote on Twitter.
The U.S. government has been banking on China to rein in North Korea from conducting nuclear tests.
The European Union is in discussions with South Korea and China about taking a potential role as a broker for negotiations with North Korea on ending its nuclear program, according to EU officials involved in the effort.
The talks were established by Mr Trump and Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, in April.
The death this week of Otto Warmbier, the American college student imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year before returning home with a severe brain injury, has added to pressure in Washington for more strenuous action against Pyongyang. We'll continue to apply that.
CNN said that Washington officials have known that the site is ready to conduct an underground test for some time.
Two senior U.S. officials with direct knowledge also told CNN that military options for North Korea have recently been updated, and will be presented to President Donald Trump for a decision to act if there is a nuclear test. During the bilateral talks Wednesday, the U.S.is expected to urge China to toughen worldwide sanctions against North Korea, apart from focusing on ways to increase the pressure on Pyongyang to discontinue its nuclear tests. But the USA officials said it will be at least a year before they can evaluate whether the North Koreans are feeling pressure because of China. And I spoke with his family. In another tweet, he also condemned the brutality of the North Korean regime, Reuters reported.