As Exports Grow, China Defends Trade With Sanctions-Hit North Korea

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As Exports Grow, China Defends Trade With Sanctions-Hit North Korea

The successful launch of a North Korean ICBM "has fully demonstrated the will and capability of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to annihilate the U.S.in a single blow to the very heart of its mainland in case it fails to act with discretion", the report warned.

Tensions rose after North Korea's test this month of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States mainland. China is obviously pleased that its North Korea proxy is a major nuisance to China's great rival, the United States.

The North says it will not abandon its missile and military nuclear programs until the USA ends its hostility toward Pyongyang.

Ahead of the drills, Japan-based newspaper Choson Sinbo slammed Moon for making "pro-American" remarks during a speech he gave in Berlin last week, ahead of the G20 summit.

The inherent media bias can be gauged by the fact that if instead of North Korea it was Iran or Pakistan threatening to nuke the United States with ICBMs, would the response of the U.S. and its allies be that of strategic patience?

Speaking in Berlin on July 6, Moon called for North Korea to mutually suspend provocative action around the demilitarized zone from July 27, which will mark the 64th anniversary of the cease-fire in the Korean War. In addition, China would have to take over North Korea in a manner that prevents it from using the 10 to 20 nuclear weapons that we believe it has.

However, if the UNSC does not respond to the missile launch for an extended period of time, it may provide encouragement to the North Korean regime.

But Moon has also said that "dialogue is possible only when North Korea changes its behaviour", and suggested the need to develop and deploy an indigenous missile defence system, in addition to or instead of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system.

Since North Korea relies on Chinese imports for many of its basic requirements, maintaining exports of iron ore and other commodities helps to keep the flow of essentials from drying up, said Leonid Petrov, Korean Studies researcher at Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific. Moscow has emphasized the importance of promoting inter-Korean diplomacy and has urged South Korea to desist from participation in US -led security measures on the Korean peninsula, which antagonize North Korea.

South Korea has developed radar that can detect small drones, according to Seoul's Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

But U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in an interview on the "The Laura Ingraham Show" on Monday, "We will not negotiate to negotiate, which is a failed policy of multiple administrations of the past". What the United States should do instead of pressuring China is devise a new policy toward the DPRK, says Brian Becker from the ANSWER Coalition.

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