Web-Desk: Beijing: China on Saturday called Donald Trump “irresponsible” after the US president cancelled his top diplomat´s trip to North Korea and suggested Beijing was stalling efforts to disarm Pyongyang.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was due to make his fourth visit to the reclusive state next week for what he described as the next step towards the “final, fully verified denuclearisation of North Korea”.
But Trump — facing a slew of domestic problems and independent reports that North Korea has done little or nothing to roll back its nuclear programme — vetoed the plan.
The US leader said Friday he had asked Pompeo not to go to Pyongyang “because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.
Trump also stepped up his rhetoric against China, which has grown harsher as November congressional elections approach and as a trade war rages between the world´s top two economies.
“Because of our much tougher trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearisation as they once were” despite UN sanctions against Pyongyang, he added.
Beijing hit back at Trump´s “capricious” accusations and said it had lodged an official diplomatic complaint over the comments.
“The US statement is contrary to basic facts and is irresponsible. We are seriously concerned about this,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement posted on the ministry website.
“All parties concerned should… show more sincerity and flexibility, instead of being capricious and putting the blame on others.”
China and the US are engaged in an escalating trade war, exchanging tit-for-tat tariffs on $100 billion worth of goods, with the most recent levies imposed by both sides on Thursday.