North Korea was slated to be a main topic of discussion even before it conducted yet another ballistic missile test on Tuesday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be 7,500 miles away in Pyongyang on Thursday when Donald Trump hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, but he'll still be the nuclear-armed elephant in the lavishly decorated room.
North Korea was slated to be a main topic of discussion even before it conducted yet another ballistic missile test on Tuesday, this one involving a new and more dangerous type of intermediate-range missile. Now, with the Trump administration talking tough about what will happen if Beijing fails to help tame Kim, the entire summit could hinge on him.
After the latest missile launch, which likely involved a solid-fuel rocket that can be deployed more quickly and stealthily than other weapons previously shown off by North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson only offered an icy no comment. But privately the administration continued its ramped up rhetoric, with one senior White House official telling reporters "the clock has now run out, and all options are on the table for us."
Continue reading on VICE News.