U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was being entirely honest when he said that North Korea's ICBM test "represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world".
Wrapping up his second European tour, Trump and Asian allies searched for consensus on how to counter what the president called the "menace" of North Korea.
Trump officials said later that the president hadn't given up on the relationship.
Somehow North Korea has maintained its system.
"Something has to be done about it", Trump said as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
"I think the speed at which the technological development has taken place in North Korea is a surprise to the Pentagon and to all outside observers", said Don Hellmann, Professor Emeritus of the University of Washington's Jackson of International Studies. All of which makes slowing the program down at this point a almost impossible aim. China still props up the DPRK rulers not so much so that they prosper but to keep them from collapsing.
North Korea also had relationships with Iran and Pakistan, Schilling says.
"Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem", he wrote.
We have seen this movie before and it never ends well.
Beijing faces an understandable nightmare - under sanctions and pressure, North Korea collapses and the newly unified country becomes a giant version of South Korea, with a defense treaty with Washington, almost 30,000 American troops and possibly dozens of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons - all on China's border.
North Korea speaks out against a recent USA practice bombing on the Korean Peninsula, calling it a 'dangerous move'. The official cited the difficulties of gaining Russian Federation and China's cooperation on the matter two permanent and veto-wielding members of the council.
The joint exercise was the latest among a series of military demonstrations by South Korea and the United States following North Korea's launch of an ICBM last Tuesday, which the regime claims was successful.
"Our experience with China has been. a bit uneven", Tillerson said Friday. China's hard won socio/economic prosperity is thus held hostage to the whims and antics of Kim Jong-Un's reckless political tantrums.
Washington is thinking of "very tough" measures, the U.S. president added.
Moon made the comments in a Thursday speech at the G20 summit, and also proposed that North and South Korea come to some sort of agreement on reuniting families separated by war, offering to let North Korea cooperate in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Trump earlier this year appeared to concede that his conviction that China had "tremendous power" over North Korea was flawed after a meeting with China's leader.
Dream on. For all its evident exasperation with the impetuous new kid in Pyongyang, China has long-standing ties to the Kim dynasty going back to the Korean War, during which the People's Liberation Army shed a sea of blood on its client's behalf. "You can win against China if you're smart", he said at a campaign event in 2015.
Indeed, Schilling says that they're mostly able to build their rockets in-house.
As the American journalist and professor Brian Myers has been saying for years, military power and aggressive nationalism are the bedrock of regime ideology in the North, and allowing the USA to get away with hitting its military installations could destabilise the internal cohesion of the regime.