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Rex Tillerson Says China Is Trying To Stop North Korea's Nuclear Tests

Tillerson told Fox News Thursday the Chinese threatened the North Korean government with sanctions if it conducts another nuclear test.
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Rex Tillerson Says China Is Trying To Stop North Korea's Nuclear Tests

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says China is cracking down on North Korea.

"We know that China is in communications with the regime in Pyongyang," Tillerson said. "They confirmed to us that they had requested the regime conduct no further nuclear test."

Tillerson told Fox News on Thursday the Chinese threatened the North Korean government with sanctions if it doesn't obey the request.

Beijing is North Korea's closest ally and its main supplier of food, weapons and other goods.

In mid-March, President Donald Trump said China wasn't doing enough to increase economic pressure on North Korea.

Earlier this month, Trump said the U.S. was prepared to deal with North Korea's nuclear weapons program, with or without China's help.

But during an interview with Reuters this week, Trump said Chinese President Xi Jinping is "trying very hard" to reign in North Korea.

Tillerson's comments come just a few days after North Korea's massive artillery drill celebrated the anniversary of its military.

Experts previously thought the country would commemorate the occasion with a nuclear or ballistic missile test.

And during an United Nations Security Council meeting Friday, Tillerson pushed for immediate action against North Korea.

"Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences," Tillerson said.