Pentagon chief blasts N.Korea over United States student who died

Pentagon chief blasts N.Korea over United States student who died

The meeting on Wednesday of top USA and Chinese diplomats and defence chiefs was held a day after President Donald Trump said Chinese efforts to use its leverage with Pyongyang had failed, raising fresh doubts about his administration's strategy for countering the threat from North Korea.

The talks are meant to build on progress made when President Donald Trump met China's president in Florida in April.

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out", Mr. Trump said in a Twitter message. "At least I know China tried!", Mr. Trump said in a tweet which came hours before the USA and China were set to meet in Washington to talk about North Korea.

Doctors in the United States who examined Warmbier after his release by North Korea said he had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause. "And we continue to work on that end state".

Mr Jong-un's officials have denied he was tortured and on Friday, the day after his funeral, claimed North Korea was the "biggest victim" of the tragedy and was "insulted" by an global smear campaign.

Trump on Wednesday said the United States had a "great relationship with China". "And obviously, we hope that those discussions with China are productive and continue to move us forward", he said.

China's Foreign Ministry said earlier Beijing had made "unremitting efforts" to resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula for its own interests, not due to external pressure. If they are unable to do so, the USA, with its allies, will! According to Reuters, Trump is expected to meet with China's President Xi Jinping in Hamburg at the G20 summit next month.

Mattis stated that the meeting provided a "glimpse of the mutually beneficial future", and reaffirmed "the shared goal of denuclearization" despite areas where China and the not see eye to eye, notably territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

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