Chinese President Xi 'Could Do a Little Bit More' on North Korea

Tuckerton Minister Thinks South Koreans Not Too Worried About War

Since the July 4 ballistic missile test, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has been pushing for fresh measures that may include further curbs on China's trade with North Korea.

"It will be a fatal mistake to consider any chance that the DPRK which rose to a dignified nuclear power and an ICBM state would tolerate the reckless "sanctions" racket of the US and other hostile forces", according to the report.

Tensions rose after North Korea's test this month of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States mainland.

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

North Korea bought $1.67 billion worth of Chinese products in the first six months of the year, which helped push total trade between the two countries up 10 percent between January and June. Mr Trump also said China's trade with North Korea had grown almost 40 per cent in the first quarter.

Despite rounds of worldwide sanctions on Pyongyang, North Korea's trade deficit with China has risen to its highest level.




The officials say Trump is "frustrated" that his repeated demands for China to unilaterally solve North Korea, and that moving against Chinese businesses will be an expression of his frustration, expecting that it might convince China to do more.

A South Korean lawmaker, Yi Wan-young, said Tuesday that he doesn't think North Korea has secured re-entry capabilities for its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program. Imports from North Korea fell 13 percent.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated China's opposition to unilateral sanctions outside the framework of the United Nations and that China has been fully enforcing UN resolutions. "The maintenance of normal economic and trade exchanges between China and [North Korea] does not violate Security Council's resolutions", the foreign ministry spokesman said. The Security Council approved a resolution in November that exempted transactions in iron and iron ore intended "exclusively for livelihood purposes".

Huang said coal imports dropped by three-quarters in the first half, and all those shipments had been made before February 18.

Reflecting growing concern about North Korea on Capitol Hill, two members of the US Senate Banking Committee, Sen. But even before the test - which Washington and Seoul labeled "destabilizing and unlawful" - Americans and many people in the Asia-Pacific region held negative views of North Korea and its nuclear weapons program.

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