Limit crude oil to North Korea
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.