February 22, 2018

China urges carrot and stick approach to DPRK

08 August 2017, 06:07 | Darrell Baldwin

Sanctions, talks important for N. Korean nuclear issue: China

Intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14

Speaking at a regional security forum in Manila on Monday, Wang said the new resolution showed China and the global community's opposition to North Korea's continued missile tests, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member body strongly condemned the DPRK's ballistic missile launches on 3 July and 28 July, which the country has stated were of "intercontinental" range.

THE Philippines supports the decision of the United Nations Security Council to impose tougher sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) because of its continued ballistic missile testing, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Sunday.

"This resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime".

Currently, the Korean Peninsula situation is complicated and sensitive, which has affected the relationship between China and North Korea, Wang noted.

"The resolution we've passed is a strong, united step toward holding North Korea accountable for its behavior", Haley said. "The United States is taking - and will continue to take - prudent defensive measures to protect ourselves and our allies".

Ri reiterated the North Korea's stance on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, saying Pyongyang is willing to maintain communication with China in this regard. Our annual joint military exercises, for instance, are transparent, and defense-oriented. "Until then, this resolution and prior ones will be implemented to the fullest to maximize pressure on North Korea to change its ways", she said.

The penalties enacted are aimed at reducing a billion dollars a year North Korean revenues by exporting coal, iron, lead and shellfish. It also prohibits countries from increasing the numbers of North Korean labourers now working overseas, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures.

The measures would be the seventh set of United Nations sanctions imposed on DPRK since it first carried out a nuclear test in 2006.

The other is to call for the resumption of the six-party talks, stressing the peaceful settlement of the Korean peninsula nuclear issue by diplomatic and political means, to avoid escalation of tension in the peninsula. Additional sanctions target the DPRK's arms smuggling, joint ventures with foreign companies, banks, and other sources of revenue.

Given what has happened in the previous talks involving the DPRK, the Republic of Korea, the United States, Japan, China and Russian Federation, it would be naive to expect the talks once restarted to achieve anything substantial in a short period of time.

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