North Korea Shrugs Off Sanctions Despite China's Push to End Missile Tests

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 6, 2017

The goal is to halt North Korea's aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons and missiles capable of striking the US and other spots, a mission that has added urgency after two intercontinental ballistic missile tests occurred in July.

In early July, Haley told the Security Council that if it was united, the worldwide community could cut off major sources of hard currency to North Korea, restrict oil to its military and weapons programs, increase air and maritime restrictions and hold senior officials accountable. When asked about plans for a preventive war with North Korea, McMaster said President Trump has been very clear that he will not tolerate Pyongyang's threats to America and that all options, including military ones, are being considered.

At a press conference earlier in the week, Liu had assigned Washington blame for the Korean missile crisis and opposed more sanctions against Pyongyang.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

The Security Council on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution that would slash about $1 billion from North Korea's annual foreign revenue.

The resolution came after a monthslong drive by the pressure nations to isolate the North Korean regime in response to an unprecedented pace of missile testing in its ambitions to become a nuclear power.

The sweeping measures were the first of that scope to be imposed on North Korea since US President Donald Trump took office and highlighted China's willingness to punish its Pyongyang ally.

Neither oil nor new air restrictions are included in the resolution.

China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi called for a halt to the deployment and for any equipment in place to be dismantled.

North Korea has accused the United States and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.

Before meeting with the North Korean minister in Manila, Mr. Wang said the sanctions were a necessary reaction to the launches, but urged countries to resume the negotiations known as the six-party talks, stalled since 2008. Instead, it wants to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table.

The US and China can have a productive relationship if the two countries can work together on the issue of North Korea.

Liu said "China has been making tireless efforts to promote denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to uphold peace and stability" and will keep working to convince other governments to support its suspension-for-suspension proposal. Last month, North Korea fired two missiles that appeared capable of reaching the continental US and Europe. "It was not a good day for North Korea".

According to Fox News, diplomatic sources said Sunday that Washington had hoped the region's countries, including members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), would issue a joint communiqué after their annual gathering in Manila.

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