Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

China pushes back on United States 'all options' North Korea tough talk

China pushes back on United States 'all options' North Korea tough talk

This photo, aired on Chosun Central TV, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) flanked by officials at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on March 18, 2017.

Earlier this month, North Korea conducted an Extended Range (ER) Scud missile test, which is believed to have taken place near the launch station as well.

North Korea has been referring to the deceased as Kim Chol, the name that appeared in the victim's passport, and has rejected the police findings that VX was used to kill him.

The rocket engine that North Korea tested appeared to be powered with liquid fuel, according to Melissa Hanham, an expert at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, rather than the solid fuel the regime's engineers have been working on recently.

This indicates it was a new type of rocket engine for long-range missiles. A New York Times story on Saturday said that Kim remains unmoved by Beijing's economic pressure because he clings to nuclear weapons as the only guarantee of safeguarding his power and family dynasty.

North Korea has dominated Tillerson's agenda, with Washington seeking new ways to contain Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions where previous efforts, including talks and sanctions, have failed.

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The KCNA said he checked the technical specifications of the engine and preparations for the test, and gave appropriate instructions before going up to the observation post to give the order for the test to begin. They have been "playing" the United States for years.

The test, not confirmed elsewhere comes as Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, is in China - Pyongyang's main ally - on a tour of Asia that has been closely focused on concerns over how to deal with North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

"Obviously we have a very bad relationship with them, we're not pals, [but] to be able to exert influence on North to encourage our friends in the region who I think are rightfully concerned with North Korea as well to step up". "China has done little to help!"

"The most important principle we have identified is that no matter what happens we have to stay committed to diplomatic means as a way to seek a peaceful settlement", Mr Wang said on Saturday.

"There is a possibility that the North will provoke other countries by firing off an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or launch a satellite soon", the scholar said.

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