'No magic fix' on North Korea, expert says

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 24, 2017

Under the sanctions China's Commerce Ministry announced today, exports of refined petroleum to the North will be limited to 2 million barrels per year and sales of liquefied natural gas banned outright, effective January 1.

The ban on textiles trade will hurt Pyongyang's income, while China's oil exports are the country's main source of petroleum products.

Trump announced new US sanctions on Thursday that he said allow targeting of companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency published articles Saturday with comments slamming Trump.

The quake was detected in Kilju county in North Hamgyong Province, where North Korea's known Punggyeri nuclear site is located, according to South Korea's meteorological agency.

On Tuesday, Trump insulted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission".

North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-Un responded forcefully to President Donald Trump's UN speech, vowing to make the United States "pay dearly" for it.

But North Korea's state-run media have seized on comments by tiny sympathetic groups in the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo and small west African nation of Benin to claim the state has won global praise.

"We clearly need more sanctions".

Kim, in his statement, said Trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country".

The quake comes after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's regime over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions that has raised worldwide alarm.

North Korea has been maintaining a torrid pace in nuclear and weapons tests as it accelerates its pursuit of nuclear weapons that could viably target the United States and its allies in Asia. But it also fears the consequences if the regime collapses, such as an exodus of refugees or a US-allied, reunited Korea on its border. "If China really really were to crackdown, they could paralyze what's left of the North Korean economy".

However, in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump suggested the door to dialogue remained open.

There was no immediate reaction from China's Foreign Ministry.

No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

The announcement follows days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un's regime, which has raised worldwide alarm.

Experts sympathetic to the line pursued by Trump argue that the threat from North Korea has existed for decades - and has been exacerbated by a lack of meaningful action against it.

The United Nations Security Council, including permanent member Beijing, approved tough sanctions against Pyongyang last week in response to its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

"As far as I know, what you have mentioned just now is not consistent with the facts", spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular news conference.

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