China: Don't hold us responsible for solving N. Korea

President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands during a meeting in Hamburg

President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands during a meeting in Hamburg

The U.S. ambassador stressed that the ICBM test raised the conflict over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs to a new level.

While China has been angered by North Korea's repeated nuclear and missile tests, it also blames the US and South Korea for worsening tensions with their military exercises.

The impoverished North is already under onerous global sanctions imposed over its past nuclear and missile tests held in violation of United Nations resolutions, which ban it from using any ballistic or nuclear technologies.

The two leaders condemned Pyongyang's test-launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile last Tuesday, saying it shows "North Korea is a threat to the United States and its allies, and countries around the world", the White House said in a statement.

Trump said "something has to be done about it", as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The B-1B Lancers flew from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to participate in the live fire drills. According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, he told Trump China had already stated its position on North Korea multiple times.

On the night after the launch, the US and South Korean military conducted a joint missile test using short range missiles into waters off the peninsula.

"North Korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland", Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Terrence O' Shaughnessy said in a statement.

Beijing complained after one of its banks was recently cut off from the US financial system for allegedly helping North Korea launder money, saying other countries' laws shouldn't extend to Chinese entities. The B-1Bs practiced attacks by releasing inert weapons at the Pilsung Range, the service said.

On their way back to Guam, the bombers flew with Japanese fighter jets over the East China Sea, it added.

"We had very direct discussions about military and security cooperation", Mr Mnuchin said. The White House has tried to pressure Beijing to rein in North Korea but Trump has expressed frustration with the process.

Trump also says they are working on a trade deal that will be "great for both countries", but he provided no details.

Speaking to the media at the G20 meeting last Friday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Washington was not interested in the Chinese and Russian proposal about freezing North Korea's "very high level of capability". The bombers were also joined by Japanese fighters during their flight. He won't be stateside for long: The president is scheduled to return to Europe this week to attend Bastille Day celebrations in Paris.

The isolated, nuclear-armed North sent a chill through the worldwide community Tuesday after its missile launch, a milestone in Pyongyang's decades-long drive for the capability to threaten the U.S. mainland with a nuclear strike.

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