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U.S. Seeks China's Help on North Korea, Ignoring Trump Tweet

  • China ‘continues to work these issues,’ Mattis tells reporters
  • Tillerson and Mattis press on after Trump says efforts failed
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China and U.S. Trade Claims Over North Korea

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Two of President Donald Trump’s top cabinet secretaries said China still has a crucial role to play in pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions, in effect disregarding his tweet that Chinese efforts had failed.

Speaking alongside Defense Secretary Jim Mattis after meetings with Chinese counterparts in Washington on Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said China must “exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region.” Mattis echoed that, saying China “continues to work these issues.”