US show of force

SEOUL/NEW YORK – The United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force on Sunday and the US ambassador to the United Nations said China, Japan and South Korea needed to do more after Pyongyang’s latest missile tests.

North Korea said it conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) on Friday that proved its ability to strike America’s mainland, drawing a sharp warning from US President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Twitter that the United States was “done talking” about North Korea, which was “not only a US problem.”

“China is aware they must act,” Ms Haley said, urging Japan and South Korea to increase pressure and calling for an international solution.

China, the North’s main ally, said it opposed North Korea’s missile launches, which it said violate UN Security Council resolutions designed to curb Pyongyang’s banned nuclear and missile programmes.

“At the same time, China hopes all parties act with caution, to prevent tensions from continuing to escalate,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Early in his presidency, Mr Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping and expressed hope Beijing would use its economic clout to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

But on Saturday, Mr Trump said on Twitter that he was “very disappointed in China” which he said profits from trade with the United States but does “NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk.

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