USA eyes North Korea travel ban

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 22, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis were hosting Chinese foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui, the chief of the People's Liberation Army's joint staff department.

While the USA officials stressed agreement on the goal of North Korean denuclearization, the talks also dealt with China's sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea, with the Americans reaffirming opposition to Beijing's militarization of islands it is building in the strategic waterway. -Chinese military cooperation to reduce risk of conflict; and efforts to defeat the Islamic State group.

After meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, there were indications that a deal had been reached in which Beijing would exert a constraining influence over Pyongyang in exchange for Washington's less critical treatment of Chinese trade practices.

"The engagement that I am talking about is actually very similar to the engagement that President Trump is talking about", Moon said in his interview with Washington Post.

Trump's tweet about China took some advisers by surprise. In this June 20, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington.

Trump - who frequently denounced China on the campaign trail - has turned to Beijing to help pressure its ally North Korea, prompting concern among Asian partners that America might go easy on the South China Sea territorial dispute.

Warmbier had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after being found guilty of trying to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel during a January 2016 visit to North Korea's capital.

Wyoming officials say the celebration of life for 22-year-old University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier will be Thursday in the Wyoming High School auditorium. But it was unclear if Pyongyang was preparing for a sixth nuclear test.

From Capitol Hill to the White House, pressure is mounting for a tough US response.

Their remarks were a departure from a Twitter posting on Tuesday in which Trump suggested the U.S. was moving on to other options to confront North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime.

Like past presidents, Trump is finding the US has limited scope for punishing North Korea, particularly over the arrest of USA citizens.

The U.S. has more than 28,000 troops stationed in South Korea and around 50,000 American military personnel in Japan. The route to inflicting significant economic pain on Kim's government remains through China. Such talks are a seemingly distant goal since Kim is believed to see his weapons of mass destruction as a guarantee against invasion.

Despite global condemnation and sanctions, North Korea has a small nuclear arsenal and is developing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles that threaten Japan and South Korea-and one-day could even hit some USA cities.

"Since past year, I refrained from public activities out of concern that it could harm American and Canadian detainees in the North", Bae said in the interview.

China, however, may have been less vigilant regarding the employment of North Korean forced laborers within its borders.

The U.S. should consider an absolute embargo and travel ban on North Korea after the "murder" of Otto Warmbier, U.S. Sen. If Washington imposed sanctions on Chinese enterprises dealing with North Korea, it would lead to "grave friction" between the two countries, wrote the paper, which does not represent Chinese government policy.

Mattis said in a press conference after a meeting with Chinese counterparts on Wednesday that he is committed to enhancing the USA partnership with China in the defense sector.

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