Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

China and Russia Warn US Not to Seek North Korea Regime Change

Even if China and Russian Federation do fully enforce the latest sanctions, there's still considerable doubt about whether the stranglehold will force Kim to rethink the development of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

The U.N. Security Council has tried for more than a decade to use sanctions to rein in the country's ambition for a nuclear weapon that could reach America.

Monday's US -drafted sanctions resolution, which passed unanimously, includes a ban on textile exports and a restriction on the shipments of oil products, among other measures.

"They will eat grass but they will not turn away from the path that will provide for their security", he said of North Koreans last week.

Having both agreed to sign off on a watered-down version of the North Korea sanctions bill at the UN Security Council, Russia and China have issued a joint statement on the matter warning the USA against pushing any further measures.

South Korea's military said the Taurus missile fired from an F-15 fighter jet traveled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off the country's western coast during drills Tuesday.

USA officials have said they are still assessing whether it was an H-bomb, also known as a thermonuclear weapon, but that "so far there is nothing inconsistent with the North Korean claim that this was a hydrogen bomb". Frustrated that China had not done more to rein in North Korea, the Trump administration was mulling new sanctions in July on small Chinese banks and other firms doing business with Pyongyang, two senior US officials told Reuters.

North Korea image by Shutterstock.

"This is a compromise in order to get everybody on board", French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said of the draft ahead of the vote.

Hackers tied to North Korea are also suspected of carrying out a series of attacks on global banks that came to light previous year.

"This resolution also puts an end to the regime making money from the 93,000 North Korean citizens it sends overseas to work and heavily taxes". An Aug. 5 United Nations resolution banned North Korean exports of coal. China's State Councillor Yang Jiechi told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week that the Asian nation was looking for "positive" achievements during the visit, and again called for efforts to seek cooperation and manage differences, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement on Wednesday.

But after the latest nuclear test, Haley took a more public approach, announcing a week ago that she would circulate a draft resolution to all council members and that she meant to call for a vote on September 11.

Analysts said doubts remain over how tightly Beijing, Moscow and others will enforce the latest measures.

It's just the latest example of the illicit ways North Korea allegedly brings in money as it endures wave after wave of increasingly tough global sanctions over its rapidly advancing nuclear weapons program.

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