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Pentagon chief blasts N.Korea over United States student who died

A day last week's talks, President Donald Trump said China's efforts to use its leverage with North Korea had failed, raising fresh doubts about his administration's strategy for countering the threat from North Korea.

The Rodong Sinmum commentary suggests the US government is suffering from its own crisis, which could include "the impeachment of Trump", and that the president is considering launching a preemptive strike against North Korea because of his "tough situation" at home. "At least I know China tried!" the president wrote.

Analysts believe that, through the website, North Korea seeks to expand the scope of its positions at a time of escalated tensions with the United States and increasing isolation in the worldwide arena owing to episodes like Warmbier's death and the country's continuous arms tests.

President Donald Trump's administration has had mixed results in its efforts to shake up USA foreign policy, but officials feel they have made inroads with China that could prove productive.

Yang said Xi looks forward to meeting Trump again during the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany in July, and welcomes Trump to pay a state visit to China this year.

The talks will pair U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis with China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and General Fang Fenghui, chief of state of the People's Liberation Army.

China has backed the Kim dynasty since it took charge after the Korean War, in part to prevent having a US ally on its border.

The two sides agreed to continue implementing United Nations resolutions thoroughly, the Washington made clear prior to the discussions that it wants Beijing to do more to reign in North Korea.

Still, China's exports to North Korea rose 33 percent year-on-year in May.

The death of Warmbier has considerably strained tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, who have always been at loggerheads over North Korea's nuclear missile program and the installation of a controversial American missile defense system in South Korea.

They will also talk about tensions in the South China Sea. Washington said China is key in a global effort.

While the staging of two-plus-two meetings is fairly common between USA secretaries of state and defence and their counterparts among Western allies, observers noted that this is the first time Beijing has agreed to have this kind of in-depth, usually issues-driven talks with Washington.

Mattis Committed to U.S.

Tillerson told a news conference after security talks with China on Wednesday that North Korea is using money laundering, extortion and malicious cyber activity to help fund its weapons programs.

The discussions replace a strategic and economic dialogue held annually under the Obama administration.

Military-to-military exchanges should also be upgraded and mechanisms of notification established in order to cut the risks of "judgment errors" between the Chinese and USA militaries, the statement also said.

The officials also will discuss counterterrorism as well as tensions in the South China Sea.

Divisive trade issues will be dealt with at a later date.