China 'Enabling' N.Korea's Nuke Development

  • By Kim Eun-joong

    November 20, 2020 09:54

    The U.S. State Department in a recent report published Tuesday accuses China of continuing to enable North Korea's nuclear arms development despite international sanctions.

    The report, titled "The Elements of the China Challenge," warns, "While China has voted for all ten rounds of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, Beijing has watered down each resolution."

    It "continues to aid the dictatorial regime in Pyongyang through the provision of food, oil and investment," it adds. "By reducing pressure on North Korea, China's uneven enforcement of the sanctions regime has enabled Pyongyang to develop its nuclear weapons program."

    The report claims China has also helped, or connived with, Iran and Syria to develop weapons of mass destruction and missiles. "Despite Chinese commitments, Iran, North Korea and Syria continue to obtain [weapons of mass destruction] material and technology from Chinese entities while using Chinese territory as a transshipment point."

    Rafael Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, attends a press conference at IAEA's headquarters in Vienne, Austria on Wednesday. /AFP-Yonhap

    The report, which paints a gloomy picture of China's ambitions with a view to encouraging greater U.S. interventionism in Asia, says Beijing's ultimate goal is to "rule the world 'under heaven' through its uniquely refined culture and institutions." It insists, "In the face of the China challenge, the United States must secure freedom."

    Meanwhile Rafael Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday warned that North Korea's ongoing nuclear activities at the Kangson enrichment facility near Pyongyang "remain a cause for serious concern."

    In a report in September based on the volume of vehicular traffic, the IAEA concluded that the regime is probably still enriching uranium at Kangson.

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