Monday, April 10, 2017

China And South Korea Have Agreed To Slap Tougher Sanctions On North Korea

Reuters: China, South Korea discuss more sanctions on North Korea amid talk of Trump action

China and South Korea agreed on Monday to slap tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carries out nuclear or long-range missile tests, a senior official in Seoul said, as a U.S. Navy strike group headed to the region in a show of force.

North Korea marks several major anniversaries this month and often marks the occasions with major tests of military hardware.

The possibility of U.S. military action against North Korea in response to such tests gained traction following last week's strikes against Syria. Previously, Washington has leaned toward sanctions and pressure to deter North Korea, but comments from U.S. President Donald Trump's top aides at the weekend suggest that position may be hardening.

However, South Korea's chief nuclear envoy Kim Hong-kyun said there was no mention of any military option in his talks with China's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs, Wu Dawei. The two also did not discuss any possible strike against the North by the Trump administration, he said.

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Update #1: South Korea, China Agree on Action to End North Korea Nuclear Threat (VOA)
Update #2: South Korea: China’s nuclear envoy to discuss cooperation with S.Korea (Asian Correspondent)

WNU Editor: In the past China always moved at a snails pace when it came to North Korea. But this South Korean - Chinese meeting .... on the heels so soon after the Trump - Xi summit .... tells me that President Trump was able to convey his point of view to Chinese President Xi that this is a high priority issue for him, and it should be resolved collectively.


"Sebastian" said...

1. China, South Korea, US and Russia removes the North Korean regime.

2. Unite Korea.

3. Make former North Korea a de-militerized zone.

...or wait for Un to explode.

fred lapides said...

Will not take place. No. Never

China does not want an American presence of 30,000 troops on its border.

D.Plowman said...

@Fred Lapides

You said this before...

China also does not want an unstable regime on its border. Nor does it want a regime that is at best, saber rattling its trade partners. North Korea is as much a chinese problem as it is South Korea's problem or the US.

So it is in China's best interest to 'fix' the North Korean problem. If that means being bedfellows with the US/S.Korea to do it, they will. Today's North Korea isn't the same one under Kim Jong-il.

Plus, if the N.Korean problem is ever dealt with, then there would be no need for US stationed troops. The only reason why they're there is because of N.Korea. China would likely create a buffer zone regardless.

Unknown said...

30,000 is a drop in the bucket. Almost an embarrassing number infact. It's like putting a bandaid on a bullet hole..

Unknown said...

30,000 is a drop in the bucket. Almost an embarrassing number infact. It's like putting a bandaid on a bullet hole..

B.Poster said...

There's no way 30,000 US troops could possibly threaten China. This is not even a band aid. If it weren't so serious, it'd be laughable. While 30,000 US troops aren't going to threaten China in terms of any credible invasion force, they might serve as a temporary back stop to be slaughtered while slowing down and invading Chinese/North Korean, Chinese, or North Korean invasion force just long enough to move troops and other resources in from elsewhere to actually repel the invasion. What forces and resources are going to be used and where they are coming from I do not know.

With that said points 1 to 3 raised by Sabastian have some merit and China's point of view can be understood and as D.Pliwaman points out correctly there is no need for these forces to be there absent the threat posed by North Korea. As such, part of the process would include a mechanism whereby US forces can FINALLY be removed.

"Sebastian" said...


4. The US leave Korea.