North Korea threatens "follow-up" measures to possible UNSC resolution

North Korea threatens

"We must take every diplomatic and economic measure now to stop North Korea and to prevent nuclear war", Gardner said in a press release.

The key buyer, as usual, is China.

This latest test-launch further demonstrates a sobering reality: the threat of North Korea is growing, and it's advancing quickly.

At his summit with President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago on April 7, Mr Trump had offered a deal to China to link its massive exports to the U.S. to some real outcome to check North Korean strategic ambitions. That makes it attractive to some state-owned Chinese steelmakers looking to reduce costs, she said. This was a significant achievement for North Korea since it was the first solid-fueled missile fired from a mobile launcher.

China has not yet responded to the draft, but as the Chinese government emphasized solution through "dialogue" at the UNSC emergency meeting held immediately after the test launch, it seems likely that the USA and China will have difficulty in reaching an agreement on additional sanctions against the North. Russia has also expressed its opposition to additional sanctions on North Korea, making it even more hard for the UNSC to agree on "punitive measures" against the belligerent state. Trump added that he and the Chinese president were working together on trade, something that has come under scrutiny as of recent given China's economic ties to North Korea. We should have no illusions that they will solve this problem without significant changes in USA policy toward both nations.

The officials say Trump is "frustrated" that his repeated demands for China to unilaterally solve North Korea, and that moving against Chinese businesses will be an expression of his frustration, expecting that it might convince China to do more.

Despite Washington's calls for action, trade between China and its neighbour increased 10.5 percent to $2.5 billion in the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year, including a 29.1 percent jump in exports.

So, what to do about North Korea? In a unanimous vote, the Senate passed the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act. The alleged network included one of the largest Chinese importers of North Korean goods, Dandong Zhicheng Metallic Material Co. More appropriate might be to locate the communist Asian country by using a nighttime satellite photo of the region.

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In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated opposition to unilateral sanctions, apart from the UN Security Council resolutions, and said China had committed to "strictly implementing" UN sanctions.

North Korea is transporting citizens to Russian Federation in what is being labelled a new "slave trade".

The volume of Chinese imports of North Korean iron ore almost doubled in the first five months of 2017 compared to the same period previous year, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. "North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and proliferation links pose grave threat to global peace".

"We will adopt a strong UNSC resolution to impose additional sanctions on North Korea, and do not want compromised resolutions", Haley emphasized, indicating that the U.S. will not tolerate a lower level of sanctions due to opposition from China and Russian Federation.

Trump has been very conscious of North Korea since 2013 and has tweeted about it more than 50 times in various contexts.

"Remember that there is a lot of signaling legislation that is thrown up that may or may not get off the ground", Stephan Haggard, director of the Korea-Pacific Program at IR/PS, told NK News. If China were to cut off supplies, "it would be economically disastrous", he said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang responded to the possible sanctions by reiterating the country's commitment to enforcing United Nations resolutions, adding that unilateral sanctions were outside the framework of this commitment.

"What China enforces is United Nations resolutions, not the domestic law of certain countries".

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