Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea's Recent Nuclear And Missile Tests Have China Panicked

North Korea's Recent Nuclear And Missile Tests Have China Panicked

China has given its strongest sign yet that it will support tougher sanctions on North Korea, with Foreign Minister Wang Yi saying on Thursday that the United Nations Security Council had to take steps to rein in Pyongyang.

But in a phone call with US President Donald Trump yesterday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China remains firm in its wish to resolve the issue through talks leading to a peaceful settlement.

"Given the new developments on the Korean peninsula, China agrees that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should respond further by taking necessary measures", Wang said after a meeting with his Nepalese counterpart in comments reported by AFP.

Wang made the comments during today's press conference following a question over the US' application for more severe sanctions against the DPRK, including an oil embargo, textile export ban and the prohibition of civilians working overseas, Huanqiu.com reported.

"As you know, our government, since its inauguration in May, has embraced a policy of denuclearization by pursuing sanctions and pressure on the one hand and at the same time seeking dialogue on the other hand", Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam said at a security forum held in Seoul.

Wang did not specify what measure he was considering.

"President Xi would like to do something. He doesn't want to see what's happening there, either". No radiation has so far been detected from North Korea's underground nuclear test, its largest ever.

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"The UN can't just pass a restrained resolution".

Pyongyang's announcement on Sunday was meted with severe verbal backlash from across the world, with countries like the US, Japan and South Korea demanding even stricter sanctions from the UN against the North, in an effort to cripple its economy, thereby forcing the nation to curb its missile tests.

China has conducted three drills in the Bohai Sea area since July after North Korea successfully tested its intercontinental ballistic missile for a second time.

"I think it would be very hard for China to make a decision to fully cut off [oil supplies]", he said.

The potential sanctions measures also include an asset freeze on senior leadership figures, including Kim Jong Un, and the designation of North Korea's national airline Air Koryo.

But Pyongyang detonated a hydrogen bomb on September 3, two days before the final deadline for the sanctions, crossing what is believed to be a red line for Beijing.

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