China opposes United States sanctions on Chinese banks, firms

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

The Trump administration has prepared a UN Security Council draft resolution that contains tough new economic penalties on North Korea following Pyongyang's purported intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on July 4.

Friday's threat by North Korea comes amid increased tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, with US President Donald Trump repeatedly vowing to put an end to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"The larger the USA military base is, the more effectively our military hits targets", a North Korean military spokesman said, Yonhap news agency reported, citing the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

North Korea, which says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself, is subject to multiple sets of United Nations sanctions over its weapons programmes.

USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has been seeking to overcome resistance from China and Russian Federation to a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing stiffer global sanctions on Pyongyang.

Beijing has repeatedly proposed negotiations on the basis that North Korea freezes its nuclear and missile tests in return for the United States and South Korea halting their large-scale joint military exercises. "So while, nothing is easy, if they want to solve the North Korean problem, they will".

"The Radiochemical Laboratory operated intermittently", the report said.

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Researchers at North Korea monitoring project at 38 North said there was "cause for concern" because some of the thermal images showed that a reactor may have been operational at the Yongbyon nuclear plant between December 2016 and January this year.

The chief targets are Beijing and Moscow, which have already indicated they do not favour crippling sanctions on North Korea and could veto the United States resolution. After a missile launch, Mr Trump tweeted on March 17: "North Korea is behaving very badly".

"A favorable response from North Korea can not be expected", the newspaper stated on Tuesday.

Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to Washington, said on Monday that secondary sanctions were "not acceptable". However, South Korean intelligence services have since stated that the North is unlikely to have the technology to build such missiles, or the facilities to test them. U.S. ambassador Haley told the UN Security Council the USA was prepared to "use the full range of our capabilities", including "our considerable military forces" to deal with North Korea.

"Should the U.N. Security Council adopt another 'resolution on sanctions, ' this will trigger corresponding measures", KCNA cited the official as saying.

And, if we also took out Kim, who's to say someone crazier than him wouldn't assume power. The only realistic hope for a relatively bloodless resolution is for the US and China to act together to impose an air- sea-land quarantine on North Korea, cutting off all imports until the beloved leader is overthrown by coup or popular revolt or he agrees to a USA - verified permanent disarmament.

In the 1980s and 1990s, North Korea was a major supplier of iron ore to Chinese steelmakers, according to Philip Kirchlechner, director of Iron Ore Research Pty in Perth. "For example, bilateral trade with China can be part of our response".

"The whole goal behind having an ICBM is to drive a wedge between the USA and South Korea", Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the East Asia Nonproliferation Program, previously told The Daily Caller News Foundation. China stopped importing North Korean coal but total trade has risen, which prompted Trump to complain last week Beijing is failing to use its economic leverage to stop Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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