Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Will New Sanctions Restrain Kim Jong Un? Maybe Not

Will New Sanctions Restrain Kim Jong Un? Maybe Not

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

China appreciated comments earlier this month by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the United States was not seeking to topple the North Korean government and would like dialogue with Pyongyang at some point, Wang added.

However, both Russian Federation and China has urged all parties involved to resume the six-party talks to resolve the crisis after the tensions escalated with North Korea test-launching two suspected ICBMs in July. The new sanctions, banning major North Korean exports such as coal and iron, are created to starve the regime of the money to pay for it -money that is also used to enrich the powerful elites and generals who, in turn, don't challenge Kim Jong Un's near total power.

"We sent a message to them that all ASEAN countries are not happy with the actions of North Korea that still continue to violate the United Nations resolution", he told reporters, referring to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. China agreed to similarly harsh resolutions previous year after North Korea's nuclear tests, but the Russians were obstructing action at the United Nations early on after North Korea's July 4 test of the Hwasong-14. "After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea".

"This was a victory for the Trump administration, to see these sanctions, to convince China and Russian Federation to join, but the North Koreans prize above all else the possession of these nuclear weapons", Burns said on "CBS This Morning". It has urged North Korea to halt future ballistic missile and nuclear tests, while also calling on the US and South Korea to cease military exercises. With the USA homeland looking vulnerable, Donald Trump could soon be facing into his first major foreign crisis, possibly requiring him to make big decisions soon on how to tackle Pyongyang's provocations. "North Korea would use the talk as a bargaining chip with the USA, as their goal is to have dialogue with Washington, not Seoul".

WANG YI, Foreign Minister, China (through interpreter): China urged North Korea to remain calm in the face of the new U.N. Security Council resolution and not to carry out missile tests or even nuclear tests in violation of the Security Council resolution and the will of the global community. North Korea must halt its missile tests, but the top United States diplomat left out any stipulation on nuclear testing.

However, signalling that differences remained between the world powers on how to handle the North, Mr Wang on Sunday reiterated China's position that sanctions alone would not solve the problem and called again for the United States to talk to the North.

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In addition, six party MLAs did not vote since they had quit the party and resigned from membership of the legislative assembly. The JD (U ) has 10 members in the Rajya Sabha.

Tillerson held a rare round of talks with his counterparts from countries including China, Russia and South Korea.

The successful testing of two ICBMs last month suggested the reclusive North was making technical progress, Japan's annual Defence White Paper warned.

"There is no bigger mistake than the United States believing that its land is safe across the ocean", North Korean state media said.

In this image made from video released by KRT on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, North Korea launches four missiles in an undisclosed location North Korea.

China supplies the regime with roughly 500,000 tons of crude oil annually, according to South Korean data.

Anthony Ruggiero, who worked on sanctions at the Treasury Department and is now with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told VOA Korean that much depends on how effectively China enforces the sanctions, particularly those aimed at "reining in the activities of Chinese companies who have collaborated with North Korea and North Korean brokers in China".

WOMAN (through interpreter): The U.S.' villainous illegal actions against our country and people will be reciprocated by thousands-fold. "We warn North Korea not to test or misunderstand the will of the South Korea-U.S. alliance".

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