China, US agree aim of ‘complete, irreversible’ Korean denuclearization

The security talks between USA and Chinese diplomats and defense chiefs are occurring amid outrage in Washington over the death of Otto Warmbier days after the American student was released from imprisonment in North Korea in a coma.South Korea’s top economic policymaker on Thursday held his first telephone conversation with his US counterpart and discussed ways to expand bilateral economic and financial cooperation, the finance ministry said.American concern is growing over North Korea’s acceleration toward having a nuclear missile that can strike the USA mainland.But with the long-standing option of pre-emptive military strikes seen as far too risky for now, Trump’s aides are stressing economic and diplomatic pressure.At the talks in Washington, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis were hosting Chinese foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi and Gen. Fang Fenghui, chief of the People’s Liberation Army’s joint staff department.Thornton said the talks would also cover the South China Sea, where Beijing’s island-building and construction of possible military facilities have rattled neighbors and caused tension with Washington; U.S.The death of an American college student after his imprisonment in North Korea is threatening to overshadow high-level U.S.Tillerson stressed the need to choke off funding sources including money laundering, labour export and computer hacking.The consensus document also highlighted the need to fully and strictly hold to U.N. Security Council resolutions and push for dialogue and negotiation, which has always been China’s position on the issue.Washington has considered further “secondary sanctions” against Chinese banks and other firms doing business with North Korea, which China opposes.Trump has had high hopes for cooperation from China to exert influence over North Korea, leaning heavily on Chinese President Xi Jinping for his assistance. Meanwhile, Donald Trump took to social media to extend his appreciation to China for their efforts concerning the reclusive regime. At the same time, Trump has mostly held back on attacking Chinese trade practices, which he railed against during the presidential campaign.Will Hurd said Wednesday, in response to a tweet by President Donald Trump saying that “China tried” to help. Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, a day after Warmbier died following his return from captivity in a coma.Show co-host Brian Kilmeade commented that he believed Trump tweaked the Chinese government with the tweet, but not embarrass it publicly.The US administration is undoubtedly up in arms over the recent death of American Otto Warmbier following his incarceration in a North Korean prison, but this looks and feels like a public shaming and must count as one of the most controversial exchanges between a US President and his counterpart in China.Later on Wednesday, Trump said in a speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that the United States has a “great relationship with China and I really like President Xi”.Intelligence reports point at new activity detected at North Korea’s underground nuclear test sites.