Trump Lashes Out at China After North Korea Missile Test

Says Beijing has done 'NOTHING' to rein in Pyongyang
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2017 11:00 AM CDT
Trump 'Disappointed' in China After North Korean ICBM Test
North Korea leader Kim Jung Un, center, applauding after the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile   (KRT via AP Video)

One day after North Korea tested a missile that experts say has the range to hit major cities in the United States, President Trump took to Twitter to express his disappointment with China for doing "NOTHING for us" when it comes to the rogue country, CBS News reports. "I am very disappointed in China," Trump tweeted around 7:30 on Saturday night. "Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk." Two weeks earlier a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said that China does not "hold the key to resolve" the Korea issue, the Atlantic reports.

Experts in the US, South Korea, and Japan say the intercontinental ballistic missile launched from near North Korea's border with China on Friday flew about 2300 miles high and for a distance of 621 miles, CNN reports. All told the missile was in the air for about 45 minutes. Had the missile been fired on a flatter trajectory, major US cities like Los Angeles and Chicago would have been in its range, possibly even New York City and Boston. In response to the test the US flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force Sunday, Reuters reports. The US also hopes to set up an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council this week to discuss the issue. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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