North Korea's main trading partner, China, is turning off the trade taps. The move is in response to Pyongyang's nuclear tests and missile launches.
The White House and Tillerson had differing accounts of which country was being helpful on North Korea. Meanwhile North Korea's UN ambassador has insisted its nuclear ambitions were in self-defense against the US.
Tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and discord over the THAAD missile defense system are set to dominate the agenda when South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week.
A Sydney man allegedly tried to sell "missile components" and military expertise to foreign countries to raise money for Pyongyang. The Australian police described him as a "loyal agent of North Korea."
China and Australia have traded claims of undue political influence and racial prejudice. Opposition politicians in Australia have accused Prime Minister Turnbull of jeopardizing the country's biggest trade relationship.
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