China says preparatory work for Xi Jinping-Trump meeting has begun

They have been playing the United States for years.

Churchill went on to say, "perhaps there is a key - that key is Russian national interest".

"North Korea is behaving badly". From its leaders' standpoint, the nation's very survival is at stake. But Stratfor warns that not all nuclear weapons and facilities are known, so some or many may survive and strike back.

The extent of Sino-American cooperation regarding North Korea is yet unknown, but since the two have pledged cooperation to each other further escalation is unlikely for now.

Russian Federation a year ago also expressed worries over plans for the deployment in South Korea.

Separately, the USA is not sure whether North Korea's military is capable of miniaturizing a nuclear warhead so that it could be mounted on a rocket, such as an ICBM, though Pyongyang has claimed this capability and U.S. officials have said that they incorporate that ability in their planning assumptions.

On Friday, Tillerson signaled a tougher strategy toward North Korea that leaves open the possibility of pre-emptive military action.

Christian rights lawyer Zhang Peihong, who has represented Christian activists in China, said he had not expected Tillerson to make a big deal about human rights. "And so we have a lot of work to do, and when we're ready to talk about what we're trying to do, I will be available to talk to people".

Speaking about the North Korean nuclear program in Seoul beforehand, Tillerson said Chinese moves to punish South Korea economically for its decision to deploy a USA missile-defense system were "troubling".

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After meeting China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday, [Secretary of State Rex Tillerson] voiced Chinese catchphrases about the relationship, including the avoidance of conflict and confrontation and the need to build "mutual respect" and strive for "win-win" cooperation.

Tillerson also responded to the recent firestorm around his refusal to take a travelling press pool with him on a trip to China.

For the meantime, China has vented most of its fury on South Korea, where the US has deployed anti-missile defenses known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD.

After meeting two hours with Tillerson, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the U.S. should return to negotiations: "No matter what happens, we have to stay committed to diplomatic means as a way to seek a peaceful settlement".

Earlier, Trump had accused Beijing for not helping with efforts to contain North Korea.

Earlier Sunday, North Korean state media said the isolated regime had tested a powerful engine hailed by leader Kim Jong-Un as a "new birth" for its rocket industry, which experts view as cover for developing intercontinental ballistic missiles. He said the allies had no intention to stand down the exercises that are defensive in nature and conducted transparently, unlike North Korean missile launches. To deliver this message, negotiations are needed.

North Korea is banned by the global community from pursuing nuclear and missile programmes but has defiantly ploughed ahead.

Convincing Pyongyang will be hard. But, some years later when the Arab Spring broke out, the U.S. and its European allies deposed him and he was executed by Libyan rebels. Whatever the pretexts and the starting point, a US-led war against North Korea would not only devastate the Korean Peninsula. It won't be easy to convince them that they can safely give up their nuclear weapons. He further sounded skeptical about the idea of negotiating a freeze that would leave the North with "significant capabilities" that could threaten the region and US forces. "And I think the third option, which is the best of the three and the default option, is deterrence and containment", said Northeast Asia security analyst Daniel Pinkston with Troy University in Seoul.


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