China Opposes US Sanctions Bill on Halting Oil Supply to N. Korea

  • China Opposes US Sanctions Bill on Halting Oil Supply to N. Korea

China Opposes US Sanctions Bill on Halting Oil Supply to N. Korea

"In response to the USA and the South Korean puppet constantly conducting the joint military drills, labeling it as annual exercises, our Strategic Force has been regularizing the ballistic rocket-launching drill".

But Sino-US relations are not only tense because of Trump but also because the US is installing THAAD in South Korea.

South Korea's military is generally in agreement with the US assessment.

Choe Myong Nam, deputy ambassador at the North Korean mission to the United Nations in Geneva, said the north wasn't concerned of further USA -backed sanctions reportedly being developed to limit its nuclear operations and missile tests, in an exclusive Reuters interview published Wednesday.

"A missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch".

A recent exaggerated commentary in the government-run China Daily said the deployment of the system was a "negative influence...similar to that of the Cuban missile crisis". It greeted the deployment by declaring its "firm opposition and strong dissatisfaction".

Hwang was quoted as saying that South Korea "remains committed" to steadily implementing a landmark agreement on the "comfort women" issue involving women forced to provide sex to wartime Japanese soldiers.

"Especially our capabilities of nuclear attack - which is achieving a breakthrough - has been powerfully shown off".

South Korea has made a decision to deploy a U.S. missile-defence system, and China is furious. China retained its position of encouraging the U.S.to hold direct talks with the reclusive regime, while cooperating with Washington within a range that will not cause chaos in North Korea.

Chinese travel agencies have suspended the sale of group tours to South Korea. The pressure exerted on South Korea, however, has got to the point now where they have lodged a complaint with the WTO indicating that they see no end in sight and wish to establish at least a base line for diplomacy. "It is because of these hostile activities on the part of the United States and South Korea", Choe Myong Nam said. So the real alternative to war is a negotiated settlement that addresses the threat. Chinese military analysts have boasted of China's ability to "blind" THAAD (meaning to incapacitate it through electronic interference)-a further indication that the outrage is politically motivated.

Asked to comment on Choe's remarks, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman, Anna Richey-Allen, called on North Korea "to refrain from provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric.and to make the strategic choice to fulfill its global obligations and commitments and return to serious talks". Reportedly, it has developed the capability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead. South Korea and China both share deep historical scars that can flare up with the slightest provocation. While direct confrontation is unlikely so early in the Trump administration, China is eager to avoid this at any cost over fears of a flood of North Korean refugees fleeing turmoil. Ahead of diplomatic visits, a State Department spokesman acknowledged that sanctions are only as strong as their implementation, and that without full utilization of these the worldwide community is unable to "apply the pressure that we feel needs to be brought to bear on North Korea". If that is the intention, however, it has probably overplayed its hand, raising Korean hackles with its blatantly coercive methods.

President Donald Trump is planning to host Chinese President Xi Jinping for a two-day summit next month, the first meeting between the two world leaders.