North Korea's sole ally China suspends coal imports for 2017

Posted February 20, 2017

North Korea has declared, though, that it could test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) "anytime and anywhere".

Kevin Gray is a Reader in International Relations at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex who specializes in North Korean development and inter-Korean relations. The test was immediately condemned by the U.S, Japan and South Korea.

CNN's Will Ripley contributed reporting from Pyongyang, North Korea.

Gang Seonju from Korea National Diplomatic Academy said in turn that "China is not as open as the United States, and that Beijing may start creating "vertical production chains which rely on domestic demand". China, in other words, placates the United States while helping keep North Korea stable.

Some believe North Korea is nearing completion of a ballistic missile that can reach the USA mainland. Chinese businesses operating in North Korea will continue to do so, which alleviates a good deal of the pain the United States intended when it pushed for sanctions. In this regard, proponents point out that Washington should persuade Pyongyang with the offer to downsize or suspend future joint US military exercises with Seoul. North Korea's ambassador was summoned to Malaysia's Foreign Ministry over his remarks on the investigation after accusing the Malaysian government of "trying to hide something" and "colluding with outside forces". In these two memorandums, the U.S. Likewise, applying additional sanctions on Chinese firms to reduce their business operations in North Korea will not significantly alter this situation. The 2012 memorandum expands the scope of the U.S. Moreover, from 2012 to 2016, the Obama administration actively denounced North Korea for its unnecessary provocations and egregious human-rights violations.

Simply put, counting just on the "joint military drills" card to bring about a freeze agreement with Pyongyang in the short term is naïve.

The communist nation is one of North Korea's only powerful allies. "Chinese sanctions only target at its nuclear weapon program, and we are firmly opposed to Seoul's political fantasy against Pyongyang", it said in an editorial.

In this case, Korea will have to reduce its dependence on China quickly enough by reviewing worldwide added value chains, according to Seonju.

Beijing has also blocked shipments of various South Korean products, including cosmetics, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap. It will also be welcomed in Washington; President Donald Trump has long argued that Beijing has not been strict enough on its secretive eastern neighbor.

There is residual support for Pyongyang in the Chinese establishment, especially in the military who fought with North Korea in the 1950-53 Korean War, and some of whose officers blame the US and South Korea for the problems on the Korean peninsula, said a Western diplomat, who has discussed North Korea with Chinese officials. Hacks typically fall into three categories: revenue generation, information gathering or the planting of malicious code to undermine enemy states - principally South Korea and the U.S.