Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China had threatened the North Korean government with more sanctions if it conducted another nuclear weapons test.
“They confirmed to us that they had requested that the regime conduct no further nuclear test,” Tillerson said during an interview with Fox News. “In fact, we were told by the Chinese that they informed the (North Korean) regime that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be taking sanctions action on their own.”
In an interview Thursday, President Trump said Chinese President Xi Jinping is “a very good man” and is working to pressure North Korea.
“I believe he is trying very hard,” Trump told Reuters. “He loves China and he loves the people of China. I know he would like to be able to do something, perhaps it’s possible that he can’t.”
Tillerson said that he was hopeful about the work with the Chinese. He added that he believes North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un is a rational leader.
“He may be ruthless,” he said. “He may be a murderer. He may be someone who, in many respects, we would say by our standards is irrational. But he is not insane.”