The pipeline shutdown, officially ascribed to a technical problem, followed an unusually blunt message delivered by China to its longtime ally in a high-level meeting in Beijing last month, the sources said. Stop your provocations about the possible development of nuclear weapons, China warned its neighbor, or face Chinese support for economic sanctions against the regime.
There’s been a lot of criticism from the Democrats that we should be paying more attention to Pyongyang, indeed, some have been saying that we should accede to their insistence that the U.S. open direct talks with them without the UN. I think this shows that there is probably a lot going on behind the scenes to ensure that a direct confrontation does not take place. This approach was not taken by the previous administration, probably because it would not generate the TV pictures and headlines that they were so enamored of.
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