Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

China 'to bear burden' of enforcing North Korea sanctions

China 'to bear burden' of enforcing North Korea sanctions

The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday over its continued missile tests that could slash the reclusive country's $3 billion annual export revenue by a third. The new sanctions, banning major North Korean exports such as coal and iron, are created to starve the regime of the money to pay for it -money that is also used to enrich the powerful elites and generals who, in turn, don't challenge Kim Jong Un's near total power.

China reiterated its support for the UN Security Council's sanctions on North Korea, saying it would adhere to them very strictly.

The U.S. -drafted measure, negotiated with North Korea's neighbor and ally China, is aimed at increasing economic pressure on Pyongyang to return to negotiations on its nuclear and missile programs. The North has learned through decades of US efforts at isolation how to circumvent commercial and financial restrictions, and reluctant powers like China and Russian Federation have often proven half-hearted partners when it comes to policing their ally.

China, North Korea's lone major ally, has repeatedly said it is committed to enforcing increasingly tough United Nations resolutions on North Korea, though it has also said what it terms "normal" trade and ordinary North Koreans should not be affected.

The latest United Nations sanctions come as a response to North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch on July 4, which was a successful milestone that was followed by a second missile launch of this type on July 28. But he also said it was not as simple as North Korea stopping launches for a few days or weeks.

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The comments came after Trump held a national security briefing on a variety of issues ranging from Afghanistan to Venezuela. The state-run KCNA news agency has previously accused the USA president of driving the region "to the brink of nuclear war".


Another tour guide, Teng Yi, said that while some may be deterred by tensions on the Korean peninsula, it was prompting others to get to North Korea while they still can. With the new resolution, there would be "not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen", she told reporters.

"Do not violate the U.N.'s decision or provoke worldwide society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests", Wang said he told North Korea's Ri.

So far, efforts by U.S. president Donald Trump's administration to pressurise North Korea into abandoning its nuclear and missile ambitions have gained little traction.

And if that wasn't clear enough, last month, the isolated Asian nation tested intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that experts say could reach US shores, specifically Alaska. He would not go into detail, but said the sanctions vote had been a "good outcome".

A scheduled meeting on the sidelines of the summit between Mr Wang and his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh was called off as Vietnam asked ASEAN foreign ministers to include in a communiqué its concerns about China's militarisation of land in the South China Sea. "Because of the arbitrariness of the U.S., the situation in the Korean Peninsula is heading further into the extreme with the danger of conflict on continuous increase", he said.

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Officials, however, have sought to brush off fears and say there has been no change in the threat level for now. Governor Eddie Calvo during a press briefing on Friday told everyone to remain calm and enjoy the weekend .


Responding to the ICBM provocation with a show of force, the US and South Korean troops on Wednesday conducted "deep strike" precision missile drills using Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and the Republic of Korea's Hyunmoo Missile II.

Kim Jong-un is featured in a January 2017 photo. posted on an official regime propaganda website. -South Korea drills begin.

But Tillerson also has pointedly stated several times that the United States does not seek regime change or a rapid reunification of the two Koreas, which have been in a state of suspended hostility since an armistice was declared in 1953.

The North Korean response was typically robust, threatening to teach the U.S. "a severe lesson" if it sought to punish the North for its nuclear ambitions.

South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Ms Kang as saying that Mr Ri's rejection of the talks proposal appeared to be connected to the new sanctions. Haley was not exaggerating when she called it "the single largest economic sanctions package" ever leveled against the regime, while U.K. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft called the package "unprecedented".

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