US, China agree to jointly address N Korea threats

Frankreich Türkischer Außenminister Cavusoglu in Metz

Trump said in a tweet on Friday that North Korea was "behaving very badly" and accused China, Pyongyang's neighbour and only major ally, of doing little to resolve the crisis. Xi also invited Trump to visit China, it added.

A day before the arrival of Tillerson, former Exxon Mobil chief executive, the Saudi Arabian king and his thousand-person entourage signed $65 billion worth of economic and trade deals with China.

But Tillerson refrained from further tough talk in his joint appearance with Wang, who appeared to chide the United States diplomat over his rhetoric this week. An official with Jeju's immigration office, who declined to be named, said that as of Thursday no cruises from China were calling at the semi-tropical island.

"It seems that Donald Trump's administration is coming back to the normal track, trying to work with China to solve problems".

But North Korea's continued progress towards putting a nuclear warhead on a missile capable of striking USA territory has forced the North Korea issue to the forefront of U.S.

Tillerson earlier Friday had said USA military force is an option for dealing with North Korea's pursuit of missile and nuclear weapons. It has commanded its travel agencies to stop selling trips to South Korea on top of tightening regulations on Korean retail giant Lotte for yielding its land to host the THAAD battery.

Wang said China had made "important contributions" to supporting USA engagement with Pyongyang but stressed it was, at its core, an issue between the United States and North Korea.

-China unity anew with a provocative rocket engine test, and with negotiations under way for a potential Xi summit next month with Trump in the United States.

William Cohen, a former USA defense secretary, said Tillerson's visit was important for both sides. "Because the substance will come later". Tourism, transport business and cultural exchanges between China and South Korea have all reportedly suffered since the spat.

"The United States and China are the world's two largest economies, and we must both promote stability and growth". -China understanding of "non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation".

Last week, it launched four more ballistic missiles and is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States.

While on the campaign trail, then-candidate Trump lambasted the financial contributions by Tokyo and Seoul for maintaining US military bases in their countries, saying he might withdraw American forces unless the allies coughed up more money to retain them.

"We will work together to see if we can not bring the government in Pyongyang to a place where they want to make a different course, make a course correction, and move away from the development of nuclear weapons".

Still, Tillerson said that there were "a lot of steps and a lot of distance between now and a time that we would have to make a decision like that". "He must have had his reasons".

While he agreed with Tillerson that such a scenario remained far off, if it were to happen at all, Jackson did not rule the possibility out.

On Saturday, however, Tillerson warned, no option, including military action, was off the table.

Tillerson earlier said he was not invited for dinner, rebutting some media reports that it was canceled because he was exhausted.

"I'm confident that as long as we can do this the relationship can surely move in the right direction", he said.



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