China is the North’s key ally and diplomatic protector their alliance forged during the Korean War when hundreds of thousands of Chinese people’s volunteers died fighting US-led United Nation’s troops.
China is the source of around 90% of the North’s commerce and under Trump, Washington has consistently has urged it to do more.
Donald Trump said, “Chinese President Xi Jinping has been very helpful in dealing with the threat posed by nuclear-armed North Korea, We hope that Russia likewise will be helpful.”
Beijing has become increasingly frustrated at its neighbour’s nuclear antics, seeing them as destabilizing the region, it says its power to influence Pyongyang is limited.
“All nations must implement UN Security Council regulations and cease trade and business entirely with North Korea. It is unacceptable that nations would help to arm and finance this increasingly dangerous regime,” Trump said.