The move is considered unprecedented by some…China on Monday issued an order to carry out the United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea. China announced in the midst of Pyongyang’s war of words with President Donald Trump and the United States. The issue is North Korea’s nuclear missile program, but it was intensified by Trump’s ordering of an investigation into China’s trade practice. This probe could lead to the U.S. imposing sanctions on Beijing.
President Trump has repeatedly sought help from China in dealing with North Korea. They have remained one of the only defenders of dictator Kim Jong Un, but they could apply massive financial pressure if they so chose.
In recent months, Trump has expressed frustration about the kind of aid the U.S. is receiving from China. As a candidate for president, Trump heavily criticized China but softened his tone after winning the election.
Hours before Trump was supposed to announce the trade probe in China, the country’s Commerce Ministry announced that all imports of coal, iron ore, lead concentrates and ore, lead and seafood from North Korea would be banned.
The Associated Press reported that China’s ban would start at midnight on September 5th, but Reuters reported that it might begin as early as this Tuesday.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the tough new sanctions on Aug. 5 in an attempt to punish North Korea for its growing nuclear missile program. The sanctions include a ban on exports valued at more than $1 billion. The resolution was drafted by the United States and hopes to increase financial pressure on North Korea, so they will be willing to begin negotiations again on the nuclear program.
Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, praised the resolution and said it is “the single largest economic sanctions passage” against Pyongyang. But she warned other council members that sanctions were not enough: “We should not fool ourselves into thinking we have solved the problem, not even close.”
What do you think about this unprecedented move by China to impose economic sanctions on North Korea? Is this the kind of move we have been waiting for? Will it bring North Korea back to the negotiation table?
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