China willing to pay the price for UN sanctions on N. Korea

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying the USA military was "locked and loaded" as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war and world powers expressed alarm.

And if that wasn't clear enough, last month, the isolated Asian nation tested intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that experts say could reach USA shores, specifically Alaska. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.

Japan officially lists 17 nationals as having been abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s but suspects Pyongyang's involvement in many other disappearances.

Reuters reported that Wang said the United Nations resolution also made clear that the six-party talks process, a "stalled dialogue mechanism with North Korea that also includes Russian Federation and Japan", should be resurrected.

"A meeting will be convened by the end of August to discuss the modalities for the actual Code of Conduct with the approved framework as the basis of the talks". The penalties are the toughest to date against a country that has been under worldwide sanctions for more than a decade, and they carry the symbolic weight of approval by Pyongyang's closest ally, China.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems to have dropped a condition for direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

Even if, in the best-case scenario, the sanctions hurt North Korea's economy and weaken its government, questions remain over what to do next.

ICBM threat and North Korea's overall military strength Nuclear capable? "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely", he wrote on Twitter.

"There would be nothing in such an agreement that would be contrary to US national security interests, and it would provide to North Korea the security that it claims justifies its nuclear weapons programs".

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi before their bilateral meeting at the ASEAN

For example, even if North Korea changed course and opted to negotiate, what would it take for the United States and scale back on sanctions?

"They [China] have fundamentally different interest in the peninsula from those of the United States".

Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton said countries locked in the sea disputes should halt provocative moves to foster a diplomatic resolution.

At times the administration seemed to signal, nearly casually, that it was considering a preemptive strike on North Korea, which could trigger a land war on the Korean peninsula and the deaths of tens of thousands of people.

"Sanctions are needed, but by no means the ultimate goal", Wang, who was in Manila for the talks with the ASEAN ministers, said in a statement posted on the Chinese foreign ministry's website. The State Department said he skipped one event where the two men might have met and left another early to attend a scheduled meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. "Over one billion dollars in cost to N.K".

In a statement late Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called the U.S. Navy's action a "provocation" that "severely undermines China's sovereignty and security, and severely endangers the safety of frontline personnel of both sides".

In July, military and government reports showed the country's northern border region, which includes the 880 mile (1,415 kilometer) North Korean-Chinese border, was being reinforced with extra Chinese troops. But the least bad option now is to gear up for a long game that contains, deters and isolates a nuclear-armed North Korea - by getting China, Russia, South Korea and Japan to see that America is ready to make peace with North Korea's regime if it will abandon its nuclear weapons - and to keep that game going until the North either relents or cracks.

Lee Choon-geun, senior research fellow at South Korea's state-run Science and Technology Policy Institute, said there was a risk that any missile could land much closer to Guam than planned. Washington has rejected that, as a moral inequivalency.

The sanctions, which were unanimously passed by the United Nations on Saturday, were a "violent violation of our sovereignty", the official KCNA news agency said.

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