Trump urges China to maintain tight North Korea border
U.S. President Donald Trump has urged China to maintain a secure border with North Korea, pressing Beijing to step up its efforts before any meeting occurs between the president and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss denuclearization.
“China must continue to be strong & tight on the Border of North Korea until a deal is made. The word is that recently the Border has become much more porous and more has been filtering in. I want this to happen, and North Korea to be VERY successful, but only after signing!” Trump tweeted.
He did not elaborate on the significance of the North Korea-China border issue in any deal that might be reached on denuclearization. Trump had previously scheduled a meeting with Kim for June 12 in Singapore, but he canceled it on May 24, 2018, due to what he called North Korea’s display of “tremendous anger and open hostility” toward the U.S. in the days leading up to the meeting.
China is North Korea’s most important trading partner, and it has consistently said it is fully enforcing U.N. sanctions against the North. (Pictured: U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping chat as they walk along the front patio of the Mar-a-Lago estate after a bilateral meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, in April 2017.)
Speaking in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China had always fulfilled its international obligations, but that as friendly neighbors they had what he termed normal trading ties.
“There is absolutely no inevitable contradiction between these two,” Lu told reporters.
Prior to Trump’s decision to cancel the meeting, North Korea had threatened to scrap the summit if Washington continued to press for unilateral denuclearization.