US vows to press China to en­force N Korea sanc­tions

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The United States will crank up pressure on China to en­sure that it im­ple­ments sanc­tions against North Korea over its mis­sile tests, Washington’s am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions pledged yes­ter­day. After North Korea con­ducted its in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile test last week, Nikki Ha­ley said that while the US wanted to avoid con­flict, it was de­ter­mined to halt North Korea’s nu­clear drive. “The fact that they launched an ICBM test is hugely dangerous not just for us, but for so many of our friends in the world, and we’ve got to put a stop to it,” Ha­ley told CBS tele­vi­sion.

Ha­ley told the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil last week that the US planned a new res­o­lu­tion which would ramp up sanc­tions on North Korea but also en­sure that ex­ist­ing mea­sures are en­forced. China is North Korea’s main ally and the US has be­come in­creas­ingly frus­trated at what it sees as Beijing’s fail­ure to en­sure the ex­ist­ing sanc­tions against the regime of Kim Jong-Un are fully im­ple­mented. “It will be very telling based on how other coun­tries re­spond-whether they want to hold Kim Jong-Un’s hand through this process or whether they want to be on the side of so many coun­tries who know that this is a dangerous per­son with the ac­cess to an ICBM,” said Ha­ley.

‘We’re go­ing to fight hard’

“So we’re go­ing to fight hard on this. We’re go­ing to push hard not just on North Korea, we’re go­ing to push hard on other coun­tries who are not abid­ing by the res­o­lu­tions and not abid­ing by the sanc­tions against North Korea. “And we’re go­ing to push hard against China be­cause 90 per­cent of the trade that hap­pens with North Korea is from China, and so while they have been help­ful, they need to do more.”

While the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has tried to en­list China’s help in per­suad­ing North Korea to put the brakes on its nu­clear and bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­grams, it has shown signs of giv­ing up on Beijing. Trump raised eye­brows last month with a tweet con­clud­ing that China’s ef­forts had “not worked out,” and Washington re­cently slapped sanc­tions on a Chinese bank linked to North Korea and in­fu­ri­ated Beijing with an­nounce­ment of a new arms sale to Tai­wan, which China con­sid­ers a break­away prov­ince.

Asked if China had let the US down, Ha­ley said that “they ac­tu­ally fol­lowed through on the things that we asked them to,” in­clud­ing by sus­pend­ing coal im­ports, chok­ing off a key source of hard cur­rency for Py­ongyang. “Now we have to say, okay, clearly that’s not enough,” she said. “With the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion that we’re ne­go­ti­at­ing now, we don’t ex­pect a wa­tered down res­o­lu­tion, it will be very telling as to whether China works with us, which we are hop­ing that they will.”—AFP

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