Seoul suggests inter-Korean border talks

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula remain high after North Korea claimed it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this month.

Sino-US relations have soured in recent weeks as President Donald Trump has urged Beijing to step up diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear ambitions.

South Korea on Monday offered to hold military discussions with North Korea for the first time in almost three years in an effort to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula.

"Simple accumulated data can not be used as evidence to question China's severe attitude in carrying out UN Security Council resolutions", Huang told a news briefing. "Trade related to DPRK people's livelihood, especially those that reflect humanitarianism should not be influenced by the sanctions". "China customs have all along fully, accurately, conscientiously and strictly enforced relevant Security Council resolutions".

Talks could be held in the village of Panmunjom, just on the North Korean side of the border, on Friday, the ministry said, with the goal of ending "all acts of hostility" along the Military Demarcation Line that separates the two countries.

"So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!" he added.

China says its trade with North Korea rose in the first six months of 2017, compared to the same period the year before.

One US official said it is likely the Chinese spy ship was near Alaska to keep tabs on the missile defense test.

China has repeatedly said it is fully enforcing United Nations sanctions on nuclear-armed North Korea and there is nothing wrong with what it terms "normal" trade with Pyongyang, referring to areas not covered by sanctions.

The decline follows China's decision in February to ban all imports of North Korean coal.

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