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Trump Wants China to Pay for Failing to Stop North Korea

Trump Wants China to Pay for Failing to Stop North Korea

President Trump and his top aides have signaled growing impatience with China over North Korea, especially since it last week test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which experts say could put all of Alaska in range for the first time.

A bipartisan group of five top Senators have introduced a legislation which if passed, would ban any entity that does business with North Korea or its enablers, from using the United States financial system.

The timing and scope of the USA action will depend heavily on how China responds to pressure for tougher steps against North Korea when United States and Chinese officials meet for a high-level economic dialog in Washington on Wednesday, the administration sources told Reuters. But President Xi maintained China's original position, responding that the issue must be approached with dialogue and negotiation. The brazenness with which North Korea threatens the U.S. and its allies and the way the United States administration and the powerful media have been consistently choosing to ignore those threats as mere provocations is not only mindboggling but nonsensical, and which can have devastating consequences for the West. It seems that those resolutions were China's Maginot Line in terms of participation.

China imported 2.23 million tonnes of copper in the first half of this year, down 18.4 percent compared to same period last year, official data showed on Thursday.

While the scale of Russia's commitment to countering Washington's use of coercive diplomacy against North Korea remains unclear, official rhetoric from the Kremlin suggests that Russia's strategy toward North Korea has become increasingly coherent. In a video conference, the three countries again condemned Pyongyang's long-range ballistic missile launch, calling it a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and a threat to global peace and stability. Finally, it took 82 days to adopt UNSC Resolution 2321, which was to address loopholes in Resolution 2270, after the fifth nuclear test.

North Korean iron ore isn't covered by the same sort of restrictions. In contrast, the Moon administration continues to see talks with North Korea as inherently valuable and has indicated that it will seek avenues for humanitarian exchange with Pyongyang.

China trading more with North Korea but buying less coal

Among the blacklisted officials is the head of North Korea's overseas spying operations, senior members of North Korea's Workers' Party, and heads of trading firms that have funded North Korea's military program.

It is also possible that the United States will introduce strengthened unilateral sanctions on North Korea as it becomes clear that China and Russian Federation will veto further UNSC sanctions.

For US interests that want South Korea to play a greater role in the alliance militarily, the joint statement signalled continued efforts for wartime transfer of operational control to South Korea.

As both United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are unpredictable and impulsive, it is not impossible to expect that the prolonged crisis on the Korean Peninsula will trigger a military conflict.

The US is reportedly preparing secondary sanctions which would target Chinese companies and individuals that do business with North Korea, according to Reuters.


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