Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

China defends imports of North Korean iron ore

China defends imports of North Korean iron ore

President Trump's misplaced expectations from China were punctured after the July 4 launch of an alleged intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by North Korea.

China defended today its purchase of iron ore from North Korea following criticism by US President Donald Trump and said it is "strictly and earnestly" complying with United Nations sanctions.

The North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency that the ICBM test was an exercise of its legitimate right to self-defence against nuclear threat from the United States.

The US and South Korea agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system a year ago, in response to Pyongyang's development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

Pyongyang has ignored all calls to cease missile tests and de-nuclearize and has continued to test the patience of its Asian neighbors, saying such programs are necessary to counter United States aggression.

The officials say Trump is "frustrated" that his repeated demands for China to unilaterally solve North Korea, and that moving against Chinese businesses will be an expression of his frustration, expecting that it might convince China to do more.

The North Korean leader had ordered North Korean factories to "make sure the packaging was the same" for products for export and for domestic consumption, RFA's source said. "Flustered by the successful test-launch of our intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong -14, the USA is in a frenzy trying to drum up an unheard-up "ultra-intense sanctions resolution" opposing us in the UN Security Council", the spokesperson said.

North Korea said its fourth nuclear test in January 2016 was a hydrogen bomb, which would be more powerful than an atomic bomb, but experts have cast doubt on the claim.

The US State Department "strongly warns" citizens to not travel to the secretive state because of the "serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea's system of law enforcement". China has made life hard for the US and its Asian allies, and it should learn that the allies could make things even more problematic for China. Recently, North Korea developed a missile capable of reaching Alaska.

A delegation of Opposition leaders have met North Korean embassy officials in New Delhi amid stand-off between USA and Pyongyang, according to Indian Express greport.

And, if we also took out Kim, who's to say someone crazier than him wouldn't assume power. "China, over many years, has been at war with Korea", he said.

It states that there have been two or more unreported reprocessing campaigns at the Yongbyon plant's radiochemical installation "to produce an undetermined amount of plutonium that can further increase North Korea's nuclear weapons stockpile". It took 56 days to adopt UNSC Resolution 2270, regarded as the strongest non-military sanctions in the history of the United Nations, in response to the fourth nuclear test.

"Such actions are obstructing cooperation between China and the USA and lead to questions about the real intentions of the US side", according to a transcript of his remarks from the Chinese embassy.

As the matter came before the UNSC and after talking to US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley, Mr Trump tweeted: "Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40 per cent in the first quarter. For example, bilateral trade with China can be part of our response". What actually transpired has not yet come into the public domain but Mr Trump reportedly told Mr Xi: "I appreciate the things that you have done relative to the very substantive problem that we all face in North Korea".

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