Trump admin considering new sanctions on China over North Korea ties

Chinese trade with North Korea jumped 10.5% in the first half of this year, according to China Customs data

Pyongyang intends to take retaliatory steps against a proposed UN Security Council resolution that would imply new sanctions against North Korea, the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement on Friday.

"The larger the U.S. military base is, the more effectively our military hits targets", a North Korean military spokesman said, Yonhap news agency reported, citing the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The United States has been trying to get China and Russian Federation to back a new U.N. Security Council resolution imposing stiffer sanctions on North Korea following its latest missile test.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who took office in May this year, has repeatedly vowed to offer a more active diplomatic approach towards North Korea centered on more open dialogue with Pyongyang.

A United Nations report earlier this year accused a company named Pan Systems Pyongyang of using an extensive network of agents, companies and offshore bank accounts in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Middle East to bypass sanctions to procure and market arms-related material. "A key focus of the Trump Administration is on reducing our trade deficits with trading partners around the world, and we have real concerns about our significant trade imbalance with Korea". Instead we bombarded 32,557 tons of napalm, burning to the ground almost every major city in North Korea.

He is wrong. I have already explained here what I regard as the "least bad agenda" after North Korea's ICBM test, but let me respond to Crispin's points, which I fear may be gaining currency in some USA policy circles. Here is a hint: this country is not North Korea.

Washington has also called on China, the North's sole ally, to put more pressure on Pyongyang to rein in its nuclear ambitions, which have advanced rapidly under the North's leader Kim Jong-Un.

"I think we recognize there is more that must be done". "Let's see. And they helped us", Trump said. But analysts say North Korea may accept the defense talks because it wants the South Korean army to halt loudspeaker broadcasts at the border that began after North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January 2016.

"As neighbours, China and North Korea maintain normal business and trade exchanges", he said, adding that goods for ordinary people and those used for humanitarian reasons are not subject to sanctions.

Though the strategy could potentially starve North Korea of some of its money, it's unlikely to really tighten the noose on North Korea without the buy in of China, Kim Jong Un's most important benefactor.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said China's cooperation on North Korea was "uneven" when he spoke to lawmakers last month, saying US officials were concerned about actions by both the government and other entities in China.

However, China is defending its stand as it prudently follows and observes sanctions released by the United Nations on North Korea.

"Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40 percent in the first quarter".

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