U.S. Says It’s Encouraged by China’s Help Pressing N. Korea


The U.S. has gotten encouraging signs that China will act to pressure Kim Jong Un’s regime to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, a State Department official said, but the Trump administration is holding on to military action — alone or with allies — as an option.

While Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said the U.S. wants to work with China to ease tensions, she declined to say Monday whether the U.S. is closer to acting on its own to counter the threat from North Korea.

“I can’t telegraph any specific response, but there’s definitely a feeling that we are determined and resolved to not let North Korea continue to undertake these threatening behaviors,” Thornton said on a conference call with reporters. “We’re going to work with China and see if we can get them to do more, and if they decide they’re not going to work with us or not cooperate with us, then we’re going to have to change tack and try something else.”

Thornton, who said the U.S. goal isn’t to oust Kim’s regime, spoke after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with American troops in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea after Kim’s regime defied the Trump administration with another missile test…

Read more : Bloomberg, 17.04.2017