President Donald Trump slammed China Saturday for doing “nothing for us with North Korea in light of Pyongyang’s latest missile test, vowing that “we will no longer allow this to continue”, Newsmax reported.
North Korea fired the intercontinental ballistic missile test on Friday that experts said could strike Los Angeles, and dictator Kim Jong Un bragged that the U.S. mainland was now within striking range.
The ICBM test was North Korea’s second this month. In response, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday that China and Russia bear “unique and special responsibility” for the increased threat posed by Pyongyang from the test.
“As the principal economic enablers of North Korea’s nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development program, China and Russia bear unique and special responsibility for this growing threat to regional and global stability,” Tillerson said in a statement.
He said that the launch was a “blatant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that reflect the will of the international community”.
China is North Korea’s last remaining major ally, while Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the international community to not “lose its cool” over the nuclear-armed regime.
President Trump on Friday ripped North Korea’s latest test as a “reckless and dangerous” action and rejected Pyongyang’s claims that such tests helped ensure its security.
“By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people,” the president said in a statement.
Pyongyang’s latest test came hours after the Senate slapped stiff economic sanctions on the regime, along with Russia and Iran.