State Dept. warns China not to undermine North Korea sanctions

State Dept. warns China not to undermine North Korea sanctions, Washington Examiner, Joel Gehrke, December 1, 2016

chinamissiledefenseChina could use sanctions as bargaining chip over missile defenses. (Rick Bajornas/United Nations via AP)

“Resolution 2321 formulates new measures, showing the resolve of the Security Council, and also points out they must avoid creating adverse consequences for North Korean civilian and humanitarian needs, and are not intended to create negative effects on normal trade,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Thursday, according to Reuters.

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The State Department warned China on Thursday not to undermine a new round of United Nations sanctions against North Korea following Chinese suggestions that the crackdown won’t affect “normal trade” with the dictatorial regime.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters that China “plays an outside role in terms of the impact of these sanctions; or, rather, the impact they can have implementing these sanctions.”

China allowed a new round of sanctions to pass through the U.N. Security Council this week. But those sanctions were promptly followed by a statement that cast doubt on whether China intends to implement the sanctions in the way that the United States hopes.

“Resolution 2321 formulates new measures, showing the resolve of the Security Council, and also points out they must avoid creating adverse consequences for North Korean civilian and humanitarian needs, and are not intended to create negative effects on normal trade,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Thursday, according to Reuters.

China is a major buyer for North Korea’s coal industry, making their cooperation essential to the success of the sanctions in cutting funding for the regime. “I’m not sure what they mean or what their spokesperson meant by ‘normal trade,'” said Toner, who described the impositions as “targeted really at North Korea’s elite.”

The implementation of the sanctions could give China leverage in other negotiations with the United States, as the two countries are increasingly at odds over how China asserts itself in the Pacific region. “The real reason why China keeps the North Korean state alive economically is because it whenever Pyongyang fires off another test, Washington comes running to Beijing to help it negotiate,” Gordon Chang, author of the 2001 book The Coming Collapse of China, told the BBC.

The Chinese statement about “normal trade” was accompanied by a reiteration of China’s opposition to the U.S. plan to establish a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense in the region of North Korea, for fear the weapons could be used to thwart Chinese ballistic missiles in the event of a conflict. “China opposes the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile on the peninsula, and urges relevant parties to immediately stop this process,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

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One Comment on “State Dept. warns China not to undermine North Korea sanctions”


  1. They pressure China but say nothing to Iran…..Talk about retards!


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