China Urges Restraint Over N.Korea

  • By Lee Kil-seong

    September 13, 2017 10:10

    China's Foreign Ministry in a statement Tuesday stressed its support for fresh UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea after its latest nuclear test.

    The ministry said the UNSC resolution embodies the united position of the international community and called on North Korea to "no longer pursue" its nuclear weapons program.

    But it also urged South Korea and the U.S. not to complicate the situation and urged them to embrace its own "dual track approach" and "suspension for suspension initiative," which are "the proposals put forward by China to fundamentally resolve the Korean Peninsula issue in a peaceful manner."

    That would mean halting massive joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises on North Korea's doorstep if the North halts its nuclear program.

    The state-run People's Daily in an editorial said the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery here is "part of a U.S. strategy targeting China and Russia" and warned that Russia and North Korea were threatening to strike the battery.

    Teaming up with Russia, China opposed the U.S. push for a complete oil embargo against North Korea and kept North Korean leader Kim Jong-un from a blacklist.

    "The U.S. first circulated a draft resolution that called for a full oil embargo on North Korea in an attempt to win more leverage," the official Global Times said. "Some Americans and South Koreans have attempted to collapse Pyongyang's economy and suffocate the current Pyongyang regime. This is dangerous."

    "The international community is unaware that it is just as important for Washington and Seoul to lessen their military threats toward Pyongyang as it is for the latter to abandon its nuclear ambitions," it added.

    Meanwhile, Japanese broadcaster NHK cited a Chinese source as saying that China's four state-run banks -- the Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China -- told all North Koreans including diplomats to withdraw their money by Aug. 31 and halted all further transactions with them.

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