UN Sanctions: China abandons North Korea

Tracy FergusonFeb 23, 2017

Under the 1994 Geneva Agreed Framework, the Clinton administration succeeded in freezing North Korea's nuclear activities for several years, by promising to improve US-North Korea relations.

The remaining strategy is increasing America's missile defense capabilities.

The moratorium brings Beijing into compliance with February's U.N. Security Council resolutions over North Korea's nuclear program.

Earlier this month, North Korea tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile, its first direct challenge to the global community since U.S. President Donald Trump took office on January 20.

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North Korea, which regularly threatens to destroy South Korea and its main ally, the United States, conducted more than 20 missile tests past year, as well as two nuclear tests, in defiance of U.N. resolutions and sanctions. Beijing in December halted most coal imports from North Korea in support of United Nations sanctions to deter Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, but left open imports for "humanitarian exemptions"-a loophole meant to help sustain North Korea's economy". Instead, President Trump should focus more on strengthening US alliances in Northeast Asia, especially in the field of ballistic missile defense.

Trump has also suggested at various times that he would be willing to meet Kim - conveying a sense of legitimacy and face that North Korean leaders have traditionally craved.

Business with North Korea had become increasingly hard under years of sanctions and the once-bustling trade handling coal from the north had shrunk to just a few private merchants. Trump has publicly declared that North Korea's goal of developing a nuclear-capable missile that can reach the United States "won't happen".

"Today, what we see is nuclear test, sanction, nuclear test and then sanction again", Agence France-Presse reported Wang as saying.

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China protested and said the Taiwan issue was the "political foundation" of ties between Beijing and Washington.

"The basic principle in terms of exporting raw materials from DPRK is simply we don't promote the export of raw materials including coal", he said.

North Korea rejected the resolution as yet another conspiracy masterminded by the United States to deny its sovereignty.

"They have to take. into good consideration, the fact that the DPRK has now become a full-fledged nuclear power, a military power in the East". China has a long tradition of paying lip service toward cooperation with the United States and the worldwide community while largely failing to apply any meaningful pressure on North Korea, and for good reason: It doesn't want a nuclear-armed neighbor on its border to become a nuclear-armed enemy.

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"The new administration tries to maintain the status quo in terms of the Americans trying to dominate the geopolitical situation, especially in the Asia-Pacific region", he said through a translator provided by the government.

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