December 12, 2016 10:59
China informed North Korea of the draft of UN Security Council Resolution 2321 prior to its adoption on Nov. 30 and urged the regime to refrain from further provocations.
A government official here told reporters on Sunday that Beijing notified Pyongyang of the resolution to warn that there should be no further provocations defying the UN.
The Chinese chief nuclear negotiator also told his South Korean counterpart last week that China will "faithfully implement" sanctions under the resolution, which among other things curb China’s imports of cheap North Korean iron ore.
The official also said several major EU member states and others are discussing further sanctions and pressure against the North. They are expected to be imposed next week.
Meanwhile, a trilateral summit between South Korea, China, and Japan that planned next week will probably not go ahead this year as President Park Geun-hye faces impeachment over a massive corruption scandal and has been suspended.
"China had not made clear until last week whether it would take part in the summit," the official said. "Japan, the chair country, seems to believe that it would be difficult to hold the summit this year, but would like to hold it early next year."
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