The White House is trying to put China at the center of the North Korean nuclear issue. On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not be going to Pyongyang after all, citing lack of progress on the denuclearization front. Trump also implied that China, not North Korean intransigence, is to blame, suggesting that Beijing has stopped cooperating in retaliation for mounting U.S. trade pressure. According to the president, Pompeo may visit the Hermit Kingdom “after our Trading relationship with China is resolved.” As we’ve noted, North Korea never pledged to denuclearize on the timeline the White House has touted, and since Singapore, it has bogged down the diplomatic process over largely symbolic issues. Absent a willingness by the U.S. to deal with North Korea’s nuclear program by force, the U.S. doesn’t have a whole lot of leverage to force Pyongyang to capitulate. At most, it can try to use international sanctions pressure, combined w
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