US urges China to use oil lever­age on N/Korea

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son has said it is “very dif­fi­cult” to get China to agree to an oil em­bargo on North Korea, but he is hope­ful that the “great coun­try” will de­cide to use its “pow­er­ful tool” of oil sup­plies to per­suade Py­ongyang to re­con­sider its de­vel­op­ment of nu­clear weapons.

Tiller­son’s re­marks came on Thurs­day at a joint news con­fer­ence with UK’s For­eign Min­is­ter Boris John­son in London where he met Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May and French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron.

He said the United States has sought an em­bargo on oil im­ports to North Korea at the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in re­sponse to North Korea’s most pow­er­ful nu­clear test to date.

But the UN agreed last week to weaker mea­sures against Py­ongyang - al­though the UN is ban­ning ban tex­tile ex­ports, an im­por­tant source of its rev­enue for the North. “It’s clear that with re­spect to oil, and a com­plete em­bargo on oil from the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, that’s go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult,” he said.

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