China says upholds United Nations sanctions as North Korea trade rises

James Marshall
July 17, 2017

"After North Korea's frequent missile tests including its very first ICBM test, the global community has vowed to tighten sanctions and China simply can not exclude itself from the recent movement, although it probably does not want to indefinitely cut off fuel sales to the North", Kang said.

South Korea has offered to talk with North Korea to ease animosities along their tense border and resume reunions of families separated by their war in the 1950s.

According to a report by Xinhua, South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk proposed to Pyongyang holding talks of the military authorities on Friday at Tongilgak, a building in the North side of the truce village of Panmunjom.

It added that with most of the 60,000 South Koreans still waiting for a chance to meet their family members over age 80, and more than 3,000 of them passing away every year, it is urgent to hold reunion meetings. The last such talks were held in December 2015.

China insisted Thursday it was abiding by 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.

The Koreas last convened for military talks in late 2014. South Korea usually refers to loudspeaker broadcasts and other provocations, while the North wants a halt to routine joint U.S.

Primary users of fuel products in North Korea include fishermen, farmers, truckers and the military.

When asked if South Korea was willing to "be flexible" on military drills with the United States should North Korea be open to talks, Cho said the government had not discussed the matter specifically.

Moon suggested earlier this month hostile military activities at the border be ended on July 27, the anniversary of the 1953 armistice agreement that ended the Korean War.

Pyongyang has repeatedly said it refuses to engage in all talks with the South unless Seoul turns over 12 waitresses who defected to the South a year ago. Since then, no dialogue has been held as the DPRK conducted its fourth and fifth nuclear tests in January and September previous year and carried out a number of ballistic missile test-launches.

North Korea says the South abducted the 12 waitresses and the restaurant manager and has demanded their return, but the South has said the group chose to defect of its own free will.

The North's foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency that the ICBM test was an exercise of its legitimate right to self-defence against nuclear threat from the United States.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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