Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

China raises doubts on USA policy on NKorea

China raises doubts on USA policy on NKorea

North Korea condemned its USA terror listing as a "serious provocation" on Wednesday, warning that sanctions would never force it to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang is stopping short of criticizing the US following its declaration of Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Da Zhigang, director of the Institute of Northeast Asian Studies at the Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences, said, "This is contradictory to the signal that Washington sent out earlier, and will not help with cooperation on this issue".

In April, Air China also canceled its flights to North Korea before resuming service to the country in May, though cutting down the frequency of flights to just two a week.

In the country's first public response to its return to the American blacklist, the official Korean Central News Agency said North Korea has no connection to terrorism and does not care "whether the USA puts a cap of "terrorism" on us or not".

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North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism a "serious provocation" that justifies its development of nuclear weapons.

Japan is increasingly nervous about North Korean advances in developing nuclear weapons.

The designation came a week after Trump returned from a 12-day, five-nation trip to Asia in which he made containing North Korea's nuclear ambitions a centerpiece of his discussions.

As part of its "maximum pressure" campaign, President Donald Trump said the Treasury Department would impose more sanctions on North Korea and "related persons" starting Tuesday, without hinting who or what would be targeted.

"It will be the highest level of sanctions by the time it's finished over a two-week period", Trump said.

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