Limit crude oil to North Korea

The Jakarta Post - - OPINION -

To re­solve North Korea’s nu­clear and mis­sile de­vel­op­ment, there is no other way but to im­pose com­plete sanc­tions. China lim­it­ing its crude oil sup­plies to North Korea is the most ef­fec­tive means to this end. Fol­low­ing North Korea’s launch of a new in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile, United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump spoke over the phone with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jinping.

Trump told Xi China must cut off its oil to North Korea. The res­o­lu­tion that the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil adopted has im­posed lim­its on re­fined petroleum prod­ucts to North Korea.

To put the brakes on Py­ongyang’s nu­clear and mis­sile de­vel­op­ment pro­grams, it is in­dis­pens­able that China steps into the “life­line” of North Korea by re­in­forc­ing its own sanc­tions.

North Korea ig­nored the pro­posal by China and Rus­sia, to freeze North Korea’s nu­clear and mis­sile pro­gram.

In the event of North Korea’s push­ing ahead with an­other nu­clear test or test-fir­ing a bal­lis­tic mis­sile, Ja­pan, the US and South Korea need to press China to limit its crude oil sup­plies to North Korea.

The pres­ence of the US State De­part­ment was in­con­spic­u­ous dur­ing Trump’s vis­its to Asian coun­tries. The US must un­snarl the con­fu­sion and build a strat­egy on North Korea that com­bines its for­eign and mil­i­tary af­fairs.

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