China slams 'irresponsible' Trump accusations over North Korea

Arturo Kim
August 27, 2018

Lu said China's stance on denuclearisation had been consistent, and it supported the U.S. and North Korea to push forward the agreements reached during their landmark summit in Singapore in June.

The remarks came three days after U.S. President Donald Trump called off a scheduled trip by his State Secretary Mike Pompeo to the communist North.

The office, which the South Korean government said planned to open by August, had raised concern among opposition lawmakers, analysts and local media that the transfer of material for the office could violate United Nations and US sanctions against North Korea.

"I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time", he said.

China's foreign ministry issued a statement denying that China was not working with North Korea toward denuclearization as was promised to President Trump.

Japan has been sceptical of North Korea's diplomatic charm offensive, which has led to summits with Trump, as well as leaders of South Korea and China.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha spoke to Pompeo by telephone Saturday.

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Rodong Sinmun, the official mouthpiece of the Workers' Party of Korea, cited alleged U.S. troop movements in the region which it called "extremely provocative and dangerous" and said they threatened to derail the dialogue between the United States and North Korea.

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"Because of our much tougher Trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were (despite the UN Sanctions which are in place)", the president tweeted Friday.

ONUS ON CHINA Trump put some of the onus on China, North Korea's biggest trading partner and a crucial actor in enforcing sanctions to keep pressure on Pyongyang.

South Korea has sent 1 billion won ($893,239.96) worth of sanctioned material to North Korea, customs data showed on Friday, raising concern ties with the United States could be damaged as the South pursues cooperation with the North.

But China and Russian Federation have argued that North Korea should be rewarded with the prospect of eased sanctions for opening up dialogue with the USA and halting missile tests.

According to the South Korean Foreign Ministry, Kang called the cancellation "regrettable" while Pompeo reaffirmed the US position that it will continue to solidify South Korea-US cooperation.

China also has been allowing more Chinese tourists to visit North Korea this year as relations between the two countries have improved significantly.

"I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake".

Some analysts suggest Trump's move may be a negotiating ploy.

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