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North Korea says to take 'corresponding measures' if UN adopts sanctions

16 Juillet 2017

The embassy officials categorically told the leaders that the controversial missile test was part of defence and deterrence strategy of North Korea as it has been facing the threat from the USA and its ally South Korea.

While Tuesday's test can be seen as a response to North Korea's recent ICBM launch, THAAD systems are designed for short to intermediate range ballistic missiles.

Beijing complained after one of its banks was recently cut off from the US financial system for allegedly helping North Korea launder money, saying other countries' laws shouldn't extend to Chinese entities.

The news comes as the Trump administration continues to call on Beijing to use its economic leverage over Kim Jong Un's regime.

As Americans were celebrating Independence Day, North Korea tested a nuclear-capable, intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4.

"However, it is inviting its ultimate doom by resorting to the sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK". The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has repeatedly taunted the United States, reveling in the possibility of turning US cities to "ashes" with his nuclear weapons.

The US is reportedly preparing secondary sanctions which would target Chinese companies and individuals that do business with North Korea, according to Reuters. But the United States should inform Russia and China that allied democracies in the region may choose to develop a nuclear deterrent to stop North Korean antics - a development that would prove disastrous to both Russian and Chinese strategic planning.

"Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40 percent in the first quarter", Trump tweeted on July 5.

This goes against a general trend of regional distrust in North Korea, with at least 45 percent of the people in Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, the US, Australia and Japan seeing the country in negative light. Therefore it should be facing economic constraints to pursue its cost intensive projects of nuclear weapons which is not evident.

As to his claim that a first strike would be suicide, does anyone think Kim Jong-un really cares?

China says it is abiding by all global sanctions on North Korea - they include materials that could be used in its nuclear and missiles programs, coal, minerals, metals, and luxury goods - and says there is nothing wrong with maintaining trade relations in areas not covered by the sanctions.

Yet after the collapse of the USSR, North Korea was left destitute and thousands died in a crippling starvation. For example, in 2013, the committee authorized long-range radar systems to improve our ability to track and intercept North Korea's missiles.

Chinese customs spokesman Huang Songping told a briefing on China's overall trade figures that total trade with North Korea expanded by 10.5 percent to $2.55 billion in the first six months of the year. A probable solution could be to slap it with still more sanctions.

"My bipartisan legislation gives those that now conduct trade with North Korea a clear choice - either do business with this heinous outlaw regime or do business with the world's leading economic and military power".

If that weren't bad enough, the practice of exploiting North Korean workers extends well into other countries. "So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!"

North Korea says to take 'corresponding measures' if UN adopts sanctions