Trump on North Korea: 'We handle everything'

U.S. Department of Defense

On Friday, North Korea launched a missile which flew 732 kilometers (454 miles), reached an altitude of 681 kilometers (423 miles) and fell in the central part of the Sea of Japan, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

A senior Chinese trade official says the issue of China-U.S. trade should be kept separate from that of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Schumer's request comes amid increasing US concerns about the threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Vice Commerce Minister Qian Keming's remarks Monday followed tweets by President Donald Trump complaining that China had benefited massively from trade with the USA while providing no help resolving problems with North Korea.

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Chuck Schumer, called on President Donald Trump Tuesday to block some Chinese investments in the United States in an effort to pressure China "to help rein in North Korea's threatening and destabilizing behavior". Trump has repeatedly urged China to rein in its ally North Korea.

China is the North's biggest trade partner and food and fuel aid source.




Trump tweeted that he is very disappointed in China, which he said could easily solve the North Korean problem.

"In a way, the threat of sanctions is still a way of trying to find a political solution".

Xinhua's editorial is a direct response to Trump's tweets targeting China over the weekend. The reported recent tightening of China's outbound foreign direct investment (OFDI) controls in tandem with state funding for OFDI in many sectors indicate that major foreign investments in the USA from China are increasingly tied to state interests. It added that the U.S.is risking "adding kindling or, even worse, pouring oil on the flames". One of the considerations that the President must make in any CFIUS recommendation is whether the acquirer's subject foreign country is adhering to nonproliferation control regimes, including treaties and multilateral supply guidelines, and to worldwide sanctions regimes.

Schumer also asked Trump to use the inter-agency committee "to suspend the approval of all mergers and acquisitions in the U.S.by Chinese entities".

The discussions in Washington come as Pyongyang continues to test intercontinental ballistic missiles.

North Korea's progress in developing long range ICBMs is exceeding almost all projections, and a few knowledgeable people now believe that some of our major east coast cities are now vulnerable to attack.

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