China urged to use influence on N. Korea

U.S. officials say Beijing not doing enough

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“If [the U.S. and South Korea] provoke us again, we will wipe out the bases for invaders and will root out the source of war,” claimed the Communist Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said the exercises must go ahead, regardless of North Korea’s threats against them.

“You go forward with the exercises. You don’t flinch,” said Mr. Graham, like Mr. McCain a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The two Republicans were joined by Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, in chastising North Korea for last week’s deadly artillery attack, which she called “brazen and belligerent.”

However, she was more optimistic than Mr. Graham and Mr. McCain about whether China can act as a superpower capable of resolving world conflicts. She said the U.S. should not give up on China and praised the country for calling for resumption of six-party peace talks.

But Mr. McCain said it’s time to “talk about regime change in North Korea,” adding that such a change does not mean military action, but insisting that the North Korea regime “is not one that’s going to abandon nuclear power status.”

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