All sides must com­ply with UN res­o­lu­tions

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

China’s com­merce min­istry an­nounced on Thurs­day that China will close joint ven­tures (JVs) or co­op­er­a­tive and for­eign en­ti­ties es­tab­lished by North Korean or­ga­ni­za­tions or in­di­vid­u­als in China within 120 days of the adop­tion of Res­o­lu­tion 2375 by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

Over­seas Chinese JVs and en­ti­ties co­op­er­at­ing with North Korean en­ti­ties and in­di­vid­u­als will also be closed in line with the res­o­lu­tion, the min­istry an­nounced in a state­ment.

The move is re­garded as the toughest sanc­tion ever adopted by China. While a ma­jor­ity of ob­servers see China’s lat­est move in a pos­i­tive light, some crit­ics are sur­prised at China’s move or be­lieve that China has not done enough.

China has adopted more se­vere mea­sures against North Korea in line with UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2375, the harsh­est ever against North Korea.

UN res­o­lu­tions should be the only gauge in terms of sanc­tions against North Korea. We should op­pose the re­lax­ing or tightening of sanc­tions. The state­ment by the Min­istry of Com­merce strictly hon­ors the UN res­o­lu­tion and cor­rectly re­flects public opin­ion in China.

North Korea’s six nu­clear tests threaten north­east­ern China, out­rag­ing Chinese so­ci­ety. The Chinese gov­ern­ment sup­ports tighter UN sanc­tions against North Korea.

But Bei­jing should only im­ple­ment the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions and should not en­gage in uni­lat­eral sanc­tions like the US, South Korea and Ja­pan. China should not join in any con­spir­acy to “to­tally de­stroy” North Korea and should avoid wors­en­ing re­la­tions with the North.

Py­ongyang is act­ing against the en­tire in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity by pos­sess­ing nu­clear weapons. If Py­ongyang in­sists on pur­su­ing its nu­clear am­bi­tions, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s re­solve will be un­daunted.

There ap­pear to be two trains of thought in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity re­gard­ing de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the penin­sula: Crush North Korea or talk to North Korea. China and Rus­sia hold the lat­ter view. Py­ongyang should value this sin­cer­ity and the US, South Korea and Ja­pan should re­spect it.

With the sup­port of China and Rus­sia, some hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­plies and ma­te­ri­als have been ex­empted from sanc­tions. It is hoped that the good will of China and Rus­sia to North Korea and its peo­ple will earn a more ra­tio­nal re­sponse from Py­ongyang.

While un­doubt­edly pres­sur­ing North Korea, the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil acts as a buf­fer to pre­vent the US tak­ing more rad­i­cal mea­sures against Py­ongyang. Both the US and North Korea should re­spect the UN. Only in this way will there be hope for a peace­ful so­lu­tion to the North Korean nu­clear is­sue.

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