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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 8.   © Reuters
North Korea Crisis

US dials up pressure on North Korea, says China 'must cut off' rogue regime's oil

UN ambassador threatens Pyongyang with total destruction if war breaks out

ARIANA KING and TSUYOSHI NAGASAWA, Nikkei staff writers | China

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON -- The U.S. remains resolved to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and missiles, but says results hinge on China's actions, among which must be to halt all shipments of oil to North Korea. 

The U.S. takes the latest missile launch, carried out on Tuesday U.S. time, "very seriously," President Donald Trump told lawmakers later that day. The new Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile is thought to have a range of 13,000km, putting all of the U.S. mainland within its reach.

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