China accuses US of distorting reality about North Korea

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Beijing, Aug 30 (IANS) China on Thursday claimed that the United States is trying to distort the reality after the US president Donald Trump accused Beijing of hampering the progress of North Korea’s denuclearization.

Trump on Wednesday said that progress had been made with North Korea despite their stalled bilateral talks, for which he blamed China and the trade dispute between Washington and Beijing.

“A lot of people, like me, feel that the US is first in the world when it comes to twisting the truth, and irresponsible and absurd logic,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a press briefing in Beijing, Efe reported .

“It should look at itself instead of shifting blame,” she added.

Trump has repeatedly accused China of using its influence on North Korea to hinder the rapprochement process he has undertaken with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in retaliation for the tariffs Washington has imposed on Beijing, which have sparked a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

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Last week, Trump cancelled an upcoming visit by a US delegation to Pyongyang after blaming Beijing for the lack of progress in talks.

In recent weeks, the dialogue between North Korea and the US on Pyongyang’s denuclearization has stalled after early optimism following Trump’s bilateral summit with Kim in Singapore in June.

–IANS

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