US Senator Lindsey Graham says China may have pressured North Korea to take a harder line against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the latest round of denuclearization talks in Pyongyang.
“I see China’s hands all over this. We’re in a fight with China,” Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday.
North Korea, in a statement released Saturday hours after talks with Pompeo ended, called the negotiations “regrettable” and accused the US of making “gangster-like” demands for denuclearization.
Graham placed blame for the North’s colder attitude on Chinese influence, saying that the outbreak of a trade dispute between Washington and Beijing was to blame for the antagonism.
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