North Korea missile tests continue to rile lawmakers in Washington

US pushes China to rein in N. Korea

The top Democrat in the US Senate on Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to block Chinese investments in the United States in an effort to pressure China "to help rein in North Korea's threatening and destabilizing behavior".

China, with which North Korea does the large majority of its trade, has repeatedly said it strictly follows United Nations resolutions on North Korea and has denounced unilateral USA sanctions as unhelpful.

The official said that while North Korea can now get a missile "off the ground", a lot of undetermined variables remain about guidance, reentry and the ability to hit a specific target.

Also in his comments to the pool, Trump praised Kelly and said that he believed the former Homeland Security director would go down as one of the greatest ever to hold the job of White House Chief of Staff.

The ambassador didn't stop at calling China out however; she says the matter requires an worldwide solution, and that there is "no point" in holding another emergency session of the UN Security Council, unless the global community is willing to seriously challenge North Korea. Pence implied the US will continue applying intense pressure on North Korea, until it forfeits its nuclear and missile programs. China is North Korea's closest ally, but Beijing is angry with its continued nuclear and missile tests. Chinese trade with North Korea actually increased 37.4 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2016. "They do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk". It marked the second ICBM launch in 24 days and the kind of technical achievement that USA presidents said the country could not tolerate.

Though considered by many to be the worst case scenario, the plan described by Graham illustrates a harsh reality surrounding using military force against North Korea.

Limited strikes against North Korean launch sites or military installations could pose a similar problem - complicated further by concerns over North Korea's increased ability to hide its testing from the USA until the last minute. Further sanctions on the regime are expected from Washington.

I write with great concern over the increasing threat posed by North Korea.

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