‘China must help with sanc­tions’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

CHINA must help the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity close loop­holes in sanc­tions on North Korea af­ter an “un­prece­dented” se­ries of provo­ca­tions by Py­ongyang this year, a top US en­voy said yes­ter­day

With two nu­clear tests and more than 20 mis­sile launches in 2016, the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un has hit a new low, said Sung Kim, the US State Depart­ment’s spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive for North Korea pol­icy.

“North Korea once again has demon­strated bla­tant and reck­less dis­re­gard for its com­mit­ments and in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions,” Mr Kim said dur­ing a two-day visit to Seoul.

“This is quite un­prece­dented, even by their stan­dards,” he said af­ter meet­ing with his South Korean coun­ter­part Kim Hong-Kyun.

Mr Kim said that China – Py­ongyang’s sole ally and largest bene­fac­tor – had a key role to play in show­ing North Korea the “se­ri­ous con­se­quences for its un­law­ful and danger­ous ac­tions”.

“We look for­ward to work­ing with Bei­jing to ... try to close any loop­holes in the lat­est sanc­tions,” Kim said.

“Sanc­tions will not pro­duce im­me­di­ate, in­stant suc­cess, and it would re­quire sus­tained and con­certed ef­fort to re­ally have the kind of ef­fect that we de­sire.”

Bei­jing has said it op­poses the test­ing, but an­a­lysts be­lieve it pulls its punches be­cause it is des­per­ate to avoid any­thing that would im­peril the sta­tus quo and al­ter the bal­ance of power in the Korean penin­sula in favour of the US.

Fol­low­ing Py­ongyang’s fourth nu­clear test in Jan­uary, the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil adopted the tough­est sanc­tions to date, tar­get­ing the North’s trade in min­er­als and tight­en­ing bank­ing re­stric­tions.

But since then, Py­ongyang has car­ried out a se­ries of rocket launches, and on Septem­ber 9 det­o­nated its big­gest-ever nu­clear bomb. An­other test is ex­pected soon. –

Photo: AFP

The US State Depart­ment’s spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive for North Korea pol­icy Sung Kim (left) shakes hands with his South Korean coun­ter­part Kim Hong-kyun dur­ing a meet­ing in Seoul yes­ter­day to dis­cuss North Korea’s fifth nu­clear test.

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