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Donald Trump is open to cooperating on Belt and Road projects: China

He says, “We must step up our efforts to curtail these sources of revenue”. Tillerson said last week that the USA expected Beijing to take action against its list of 10 bodies in China that it suspected were doing illicit business with Pyongyang.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says China has a responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to prevent an escalation of tensions in the region. Ahead of the talks, President Donald Trump tweeted that Beijing’s efforts to sway its wayward ally weren’t working.”We… reaffirmed our strong commitment to cooperation, including through the United Nations, to realize our shared goal of denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula”, Mattis stated. Kye’s remarks are significant not only because he is believed to be a confidante of North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong but also because they appear at a critical juncture, just one week before the South Korea-US summit.The Rodong Sinmun news article followed the news of Otto Warmbier’s death, the USA student who was returned to the country last week after being detained in North Korea for 17 months. Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week after nearly a year and a half in captivity, died Monday, June 19, his family said. Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, which was described by both sides as “constructive” and “fruitful”, represents a major step in implementing the consensus reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump during their meeting in Florida in April.Chinese officials were not immediately available for comment after the talks.Trump has previously shown little willingness to work together on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature project to build new trade and investment links between Asia, Europe and Africa.The death of American university student Otto Warmbier earlier this week, after his release from 17 months of imprisonment in Pyongyang, further complicated Trump’s approach to North Korea. This is not the first time that North Korea has offered to suspend its nuclear weapons and missile testing in exchange for South Korea and the U.S. suspending their joint military exercises.USA and Chinese diplomats and defense chiefs are meeting later Wednesday in Washington for security talks.Both events happened ahead of June 25, which is in North Korea’s calendar as the “day of struggle against USA imperialism”.No cause of death has been determined for student Otto Warmbier (WARM’-beer).It also drew South Korea into the row for seeking to use Warmbier’s case to seek the release of other detainees, including six South Korean citizens. “It would be promising, however, if North Korea wants to break out of the present situation and if it is moving [in that direction]”, said a senior official at the Blue House.