China expected to renege on sanctions against North Korea
International cooperation on sanctions against North Korea is showing signs of a rift as China has become reluctant to push the North harder as it protests the planned deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in South Korea, analysts said Monday.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has yet to issue any statement condemning Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile tests and the North's increased military exercises featuring fighters, submarines and other vehicles hint that it still receives a supply of jet fuel in violation of the U.N. sanctions.
Analysts believe that Beijing — one of five veto-wielding permanent members of the council — could be behind the situation in anger over Seoul's THAAD plan, announced July 8.
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WNU Editor: I do not know if China is about to break north Korean sanctions, but they are talking to each other .... China, North Korea envoys hold talks in Laos (AFP-JIJI). Even sharing the same plane and hotel room .... N. Korea, Chinese diplomats use same flight, hotel (Korea Times).