In a White House statement on Wednesday, Trump blamed the trade disputes with China for difficulties in the US-North Korea relationship and said there was "no reason at this time" to spend money on joint military exercises with South Korea. He said he believed Pyongyang was under "tremendous pressure" from China, due to its ongoing trade dispute with the USA, and that Beijing was also supplying the North Korean regime with "considerable aid", including fuel, fertilizer and commodities. "To solve the problem, it should look at itself instead of shifting blame", Hua added.
Trump did not level any threats against China, but said that trade disputes and other "differences" would be eventually be resolved between him and President Xi Jinping.
Beijing is Pyongyang's sole major ally, and the main transit country for any goods entering the North. Trump said that China - angered by United States moves on trade - is no longer being as tough as it could be on North Korea.
Trump then seemed to take a more amicable tone as he said that - despite North Korea's current failure to return concessions - there is "no reason" right now to spend loads of money on U.S. military exercises with South Korea. "This is not helpful!" he tweeted on Wednesday evening. He also called China out for putting pressure on North Korea, criticizing the Chinese government's role in the crisis.
Pressure has been mounting on Trump to explain why his much-vaunted talks with North Korea in June have yet to deliver any results, with Pyongyang failing to show any concrete steps towards its promise of denuclearizing the region.
Taking to Twitter, President Trump pointed directly at China as the source for stalled progress after the summit in Singapore.