“The Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man,” Trump tweeted, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Beijing sent a special envoy, Director of the Communist Party’s International Liaison Department Song Tao, to Pyongyang for the first time since late 2016 in mid-November.
Earlier, Trump hailed the Chinese decision as a “big move,” adding that he would see “what happens.” He also urged President Xi Jinping to act fast to rein in North Korea, warning that “time is quickly running out.”
The US president has repeatedly said that China should play a more active role in containing Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. Meanwhile, Washington and Beijing have held substantially different views on how to handle the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
While Washington tends to resort to threats, pressure and sanctions; Beijing, together with Moscow, has called for restraint and dialog to resolve the issue. Most recently, China called on all “relevant parties” to resume talks and make efforts to settle the crisis “through dialogue and consultation.” The statement was made after the US added Pyongyang to its list of terrorist sponsors.
However, the recent developments have once again heightened tensions around the peninsula. Trump’s latest comments came after Pyongyang tested yet another ballistic missile, which the Pentagon claimed was intercontinental. North Korea also stated that it was a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland.