China willing to ‘pay most of the price’ to uphold N. Korea sanctions, calls for talks

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
By Paul Martin
8 Aug, 2017

China has pledged to sacrifice its own economic interests in order to properly enforce the new sanctions on North Korea that slash the rogue country’s imports. Both Moscow and Beijing, however, call for the six-party talks to resume.

Acknowledging that it is mostly China that will bear most of the brunt of the new economic sanctions on North Korea, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged that Beijing would not hesitate to enforce them in full.

“If we consider traditional economic relations between China and North Korea, it is China that will have to pay most of the price for implementation of the latest resolution,” Wang Yi said, speaking at the ASEAN forum in Manila on Tuesday.

The foreign minister went on to say that China is prepared to go against its own economic interests “for the sake of supporting international system of nuclear non-proliferation and to maintain peace and stability in the region.”

Wang said that China always heeds United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on North Korea, and the latest one is no exception.

“China, as always, will strictly and fully comply with respective resolutions.”
Speaking about potential ways to resolve the crisis, which has escalated recently with North Korea test-launching two suspected ICBMs in July, Wang urged all parties involved in the dispute to resume the six-party talks. The negotiations, aimed at finding peaceful solutions to the lingering crisis, included South Korea, Japan, China, the US, Russia, and North Korea. The six-party talks ended in 2009 when North Korea walked out and officially notified the International Atomic Energy Agency that it would resume its nuclear program.

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