China Will Limit Oil Exports to North Korea, Ban LNG

Sep 24, 2017, 00:23
China Will Limit Oil Exports to North Korea, Ban LNG

Trump asserted that North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens entire world with huge loss of human life.

Behind Kim's colorful language released Friday is a remarkable window into the thinking - albeit filtered through state media - of the leader of a country that, despite opposition by the world's sole superpower, stands on the brink of nuclear weapons mastery.

The U.S. Geological Survey said that it detected a magnitude 3.5 quake in the area of previous North Korean nuclear tests, but that it was unable to confirm whether the event was natural.

However, Kim's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, said North Korea could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale on the Pacific Ocean, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. But a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said Trump's announcement was "not consistent with the facts", though he gave no indication what steps China might be taking. "There's a certain amount of bluster that's taken for granted when you're dealing with North Korea", the official told Reuters.

The UN Security Council had approved new rounds of sanctions earlier this month aimed of starving North Korea of fuel and income, which were in response to Pyongyang's much-condemned sixth nuclear test on 3 September. The North has responded by a slew of weapons tests and warlike and often-mocking rhetoric against Trump. Lavrov suggested that a neutral European country could mediate.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that countries need to unite to enforce sanctions and apply pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.

"Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime", he had added, referring to Kim Jong Un.

North Korean textile exports in 2016 totaled $750 million, according to South Korea's Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency. Japan has been subject to two North Korean missile test flyovers in recent weeks.

North Korea has suggested that it could test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific, the latest in an escalating tit-for-tat between leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

The words between the US and North Korea this week have been blunt, provocative and personal. It did not name specific weapons systems.

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Some analysts saw Kim's statement as a clear announcement that North Korea would ramp up its already brisk pace of weapons testing, which has included missiles meant to target USA forces throughout Asia and the US mainland. Then when asked if diplomacy was still a possible, he said: "Why not?"

In contrast, Japan's Asian rival China, and Russian Federation, have called repeatedly for a return to global diplomacy and talks with North Korea to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang's weapons programs.

While China did vote in favor of the two most recent United Nations resolutions against North Korea, Chinese diplomats have called for calm as Trump's rhetoric has heated up, and editorials in Chinese state media have continued to assail the US President's approach to diplomacy.

However, the rhetoric was starting to rattle some in the worldwide community. French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said France's team would not travel to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea if its security could not be guaranteed.

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