US Strong-Arms China Into Playing Ball On North Korea

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"(The presidential office) highly rates the UNSC unanimously adopting resolution 2375 in a short period of time", Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun said.

All those activities are thought to help fund the nuclear-weapons program. UK ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, was asked why he thought the new sanctions would change North Korean behavior when the first eight resolutions had failed. What does this resolution do, and does it have the teeth that the Trump administration wanted it to have?

"We have been clear in close consultation with the Americans that oil has to be included as an element of sanctions", South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-Wha told reporters.

The latest UN sanctions on North Korea were supposed to be extremely hard-hitting, but instead showed the influence of Russia and China in pushing for diplomacy, said Christine Hong from the Korea Policy Institute. And that alternative to me is the logical alternative.

Monday's U.S. -backed Security Council resolution imposed the toughest sanctions yet on North Korea in order to ramp up economic pressure in response to its latest nuclear test. A new draft text circulated late Sunday maintains an embargo on natural gas but would limit deliveries of refined oil to 500,000 barrels for three months from October 1 and 2 million barrels from January 1 for a period of 12 months, according to the text obtained by AFP. "Sanctions directly against leader Kim Jung-un have been left out, and the curb on oil imports watered down". The names of a few North Korean officials have also been added to UN's blacklist, which results in the freezing of their assets abroad and a worldwide travel ban.

On Friday American and Japanese warplanes carried out military drills amid a widely expected upcoming nuclear test from Kim.

Russia and China are pushing for talks with North Korea, but their proposal for a freeze on Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests in exchange for suspending US-South Korean military drills has been rejected by the United States.

The U.S.is going frantic to fabricate the harshest ever "sanctions resolution" by manipulating the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over the DPRK's ICBM mountable H-bomb test. He cited Trump's warning last month of "fire and fury" against the North if it makes more threats, and his "shaming" of allies through tweets, which he said undermined U.S. credibility. "Enough is enough", an exasperated Nikki Haley, US Representative to the United Nations, summed up accumulating US frustration over the unprecedented, game-changing North Korean provocations. As always, China is the key to that strategy given its relationship with Pyongyang and the fact that it is China that plays the largest role in keeping the economy of the DPRK from collapsing totally. In the United States, a "preemptive" strike is bandied about.

Rajiv Biswas, Asia Pacific chief economist for IHS Markit, also said he expects that Pyongyang can weather the import reduction. "But the U.S. doesn't want to go to the negotiating table".

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