The US Puts More Pressure On China Over North Korea

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   GOING NUCLEAR North Korea is preparing for another nuclear test it has been claimed

GETTY GOING NUCLEAR North Korea is preparing for another nuclear test it has been claimed

The new measures would target Chinese small-and-medium sized financial institutions and shell companies suspected of "funneling cash" into Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

China has slashed imports of coal from North Korea even as overall trade between the countries continues to rise. "Just left China's President Xi where we had an excellent meeting on trade & North Korea", Trump stated Saturday.

The UN and the US have attempted to use sanctions for the past decade in an attempt to stem North Korea's nuclear weapons development, but the latest July 4 test, which demonstrated a significant advance in its capabilities, have forced worldwide bodies to reconsider their response going forward.

China insisted Thursday it was upholding UN sanctions on North Korea despite a jump in its trade with the nuclear-armed nation that comes amid growing U.S. calls for Beijing to rein in its neighbour.

But Beijing is also eager to avoid riling Trump.

New Defense Minister Song Young-moo vowed to drastically "reform" South Korea's military in the face of growing provocations from the North, saying Friday during an inaugural speech in Seoul that achieving "self-reliant defense capabilities" was the goal.

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China does not want a flood of millions of hungry refugees coming over its northeast border if the Pyongyang regime collapses, and it certainly does not want the 28,000 US troops now stationed in South Korea to be able to move all the way up the peninsula.

Trump acknowledged as much at a July 12 press availability held aboard Air Force One on the way to France to celebrate Bastille Day. "They've had numerous wars with Korea".

Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to Washington, said Monday that secondary sanctions were "not acceptable".

Sanctions are the only action so far that are specifically meant to pressure China on North Korea; arms sales and fleet movements have happened before and would have again sooner or later.

China rejected claims on Thursday that it had violated UN Security Council resolutions by increasing trade with North Korea.

China is under pressure from the US and others to show it is complying with United Nations sanctions created to put an economic squeeze on Kim's weapons programs. "UN Security Council sanctions are not a total ban on shipments".

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