U.S. Leans On China to Push North Korea Harder

High level United States-China talks concluded Wednesday with the U.S. pressing China “to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure” on North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program, Washington’s top security threat. Looming large on the eve of the first U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue was a CNN report that U.S. spy satellites had detected activity at North Korea’s nuclear testing facility, raising concerns that a sixth nuclear test may be imminent.

Adding to the pressure on the Trump Administration to act on North Korea is the death of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. citizen detained by North Korea for 17 months, who died less than a week after returning home from neurological damage sustained during his captivity. President Donald Trump has called the situation a “disgrace” and blamed Warmbier’s death on a “brutal regime.”

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