Donald Trump asks Xi Jinping to cut off North Korea's oil

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signing an order document of a test-fire of the inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15

U.S. President Donald Trump expressed disappointment in an early morning tweet that a Chinese envoy's recent visit to Pyongyang appeared to have had "no impact" on stopping such provocations. "But they have to cut the labels off the clothes before they bring them back to North Korea", she said, chuckling.

China should cut off North Korea's access to crude oil following the latest missile launch from Pyongyang, and Washington has asked it to do just that, the US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, adding that "if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

"I think the Chinese are doing a lot".

Trump has vowed to prevent North Korea from having the capability to strike the US mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile, using military force if necessary.

China has already ordered the closure of North Korean businesses in the country and told Chinese companies they can not hire new workers from the North or renew contracts. "We hope that all the interested parties will adopt a honest and positive attitude, pooling their efforts to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula in order to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible".

Vitaly Pashin, a member of the delegation, told Russian news service Interfax that North Korea is "ready to sit at the negotiating table".

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China is known to be reluctant to exert any kind of pressure that could cripple the North Korean regime and spark instability on their shared border. China must show leadership and follow through.

"China can do this on its own", threatened Haley, "or we can take the oil situation into our own hands".

North Korean-owned businesses such as the Chilbosan Hotel in Shenyang, the biggest city in northeastern China, face an uncertain future as United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang-owned overseas businesses loom.

"Now we're extremely restricted by the types of trade we can do with North Korea".

Mr Trump has vowed to prevent North Korea from having that capability - using military force if necessary. "Condemnations from the U.N. Security Council and the new sanctions that may follow will solve nothing", the article said.

Peking University's Jia Qingguo said that in addition to tightening sanctions, China and the United States will need to find ways to cooperate in a wide range of areas.

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