U.S. President Donald Trump said North Korea’s most recent missile test was disrespecting China on Monday, via a message posted on Twitter.
The brief tweet added that China was “trying hard”, though did not specify if this meant Beijing was applying additional diplomatic pressure on the DPRK.
“North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile…but China is trying hard!” the entire tweet reads.
The president’s tweet was a response to another North Korean missile test early on Monday morning (KST). The DPRK launched at least one short-range, probable scud missile which landed near Japanese waters.
The missile test follows a period of almost weekly launching since May 14, just days after South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in was inaugurated and following a period of high tensions between the U.S. and the DPRK in April.
Overall, the latest launch is the North’s ninth of the year and follows the test-firing of a new surface-to-air missile defense system over the weekend, state media outlet the Rodong Sinmun indicated on Sunday.
Monday’s launch coincides with Memorial Day in the United States, a public holiday for remembering Americans who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
Trump has previously implied that he had secured Chinese cooperation on sanctions enforcement following a summit between the U.S. President and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in early April.
Since then, there have been reports that China had turned away North Korean coal ships, and others indicating fuel price spikes in the North Korean capital.
But both cases are asterisked by further reports of China allowing DPRK coal ships to dock in bulk handling facilities, pictures of trains laden with coal crossing the border between the two countries, and seemingly normal Chinese fuel exports to North Korea in April.
Neither country has issued an official statement on any additional measures Beijing may be taking, with China only saying that it implements UN sanctions to the letter on numerous occasions.
At the time of writing, Beijing had not issued any statement on the North’s most recent missile launch or Trump’s remarks, though May 28 to May 30 is a public holiday in China.
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