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China to cut off North Korean imports under United Nations sanctions

China to cut off North Korean imports under United Nations sanctions China to cut off North Korean imports under United Nations sanctions
Christy Curtis | 18 August, 2017, 00:25

China's defense ministry said in a statement that Gen. Fan Changlong told U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford in a meeting Thursday that all sides should remain restrained and avoid words and actions that could escalate tensions.

China's Defense Ministry further said in a statement, "The Chinese military is willing to make efforts with the USA side to strengthen strategic communication, increase strategic mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation, appropriately handle problems and disputes and effectively manage and control risks". In China, he has met with his Chinese counterpart Fang Fenghui, chief of the People's Liberation Army's joint staff department.

The unanimous vote is aimed at stopping North Korean missile tests and included sanctions banning $1 billion in North Korean exports and capping the number of North Korean migrant workers. "And we have to be maniacally focused on that", The American Prospect quoted Bannon as saying.

China has announced that it will cut off imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other goods in three weeks under United Nations sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

"But we are not anywhere near that point yet because North Korea has not stopped its destabilizing activities", she said.

"We believe that if China enforces those sanctions - if the worldwide community enforces those sanctions - that can set the conditions to move forward toward denuclearization", he said, as quoted by the Pentagon's news service.

Joe Dunford spoke with reporters after meetings here and in Seoul, South Korea.

He also declared, amid fears in South Korea that threats from Trump to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang could lead to real fighting, that there would be no second war on the Korean Peninsula.

In Beijing, Gen Dunford said it is "absolutely horrific if there would be a military solution to this problem, there's no question about it".

In recent months, China has joined with Russian Federation in calling for the U.S. to suspend annual military exercises with South Korea in exchange for Pyongyang halting its missile and nuclear tests as a first step toward direct talks. South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, is profoundly committed to reunification of North and South Korea.

"These exercises are in developing our operability, developing our readiness and forces here in the Korean Peninsula, in case of deterrent fails, but we did not have the conversation here", he said.

The remarks from Pyongyang would appear to bring into play the large-scale military exercises held every year by South Korea and the United States that are expected to kick off later this month.

North Korea last week said it is preparing to fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles over Japan to land in waters in the vicinity of the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

Beijing had pledged to fully enforce the sanctions after the United States accused it of not doing enough to rein in its neighbour North Korea.

Chinese leaders still oppose blocking all trade with the impoverished North, which they argue might cause widespread hunger.

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