Penin­sula so­lu­tion in­cludes sanc­tions, talks

North Korea is­sue stuck in a vi­cious cy­cle: ex­perts

Global Times - - Topnews - By Liu Xin

China on Wed­nes­day re­minded rel­e­vant par­ties to fully im­ple­ment UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions, which do not only in­clude putting pres­sure on Pyongyang us­ing sanc­tions but also peace­ful and diplo­matic means to re­solve the is­sue.

The statement comes fol­low­ing Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Teresa May’s de­mand that China do more to stop North Korea from prac­tic­ing provoca­tive missile tests.

Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing told a press brief­ing on Wed­nes­day that the UN statement in­cluded two mes­sages – to take ef­fec­tive mea­sures to stop North Korean nu­clear tests and to solve the Korean Penin­sula is­sue through diplo­macy, which are of equal im­por­tance.

“All par­ties should avoid state­ments or ac­tions which may ag­gra­vate the sit­u­a­tion … we no­ticed that some coun­tries want to profit from the trou­bled sit­u­a­tion … be­ing the loud­est to yell on im­pos­ing sanc­tions but hold­ing back on ne­go­ti­a­tions,” Hua said.

They do not want to take any re­spon­si­bil­ity but hope to share the fruits, which is not the at­ti­tude of a re­spon­si­ble coun­try, she said.

“It has be­come a vi­cious cy­cle that the US and its al­lies – South Korea and Japan – con­tinue pres­sur­ing North Korea while the lat­ter launches more mis­siles as a re­sponse. If this sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues, clashes are in­evitable,” Lü Chao, a research fel­low at the Liaoning Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day.

Lü said that by say­ing that it would launch more mis­siles, North Korea wants to draw the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s at­ten­tion and pres­sure the US into ac­knowl­edg­ing it as a nu­clear- weapon state, which is not some­thing the US would agree to.

For the first time, North Korean leader Kim Jong- un or­dered the Tues­day launch from Pyongyang, and he said more tests are needed with the Pa­cific in mind as the target, the North’s KCNA news agency said on Wed­nes­day.

Trump re­sponded to the lat­est North Korean missile launch via Twit­ter on Wed­nes­day, that “The US has been talk- ing to North Korea, and pay­ing them ex­tor­tion money for 25 years. Talk­ing is not the an­swer!”

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, said that the UK’s fo­cus re­mained on joint in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to limit Pyongyang’s missile pro­gram, say­ing China should do more to as­sist this, the Guardian re­ported.

“Faced with a dead­lock on the Korean Penin­sula, all par­ties need to adopt new ways to solve the prob­lem, as it is a fact that North Korea has ac­quired nu­clear weapons and its nu­clear tech­nolo­gies have ad­vanced,” Da Zhi­gang, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of North­east Asian Stud­ies at the Hei­longjiang Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day.

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