Xi Jinping and Merkel consult about the situation on the North Korean Peninsula

Xi Jinping and Merkel consult about the situation on the North Korean Peninsula

During a telephone conversation on 7 September China’s President Xi Jinping and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel consulted about the situation on the North Korean Peninsula. They agreed that the conflict could only be solved peacefully and through dialogues.
Facts have repeatedly proven that the problems could only be solved through peaceful means, such as dialogue and consultation. The international community should make concerted efforts to solve the nuclear issue, said Xi and stressed that China would still remain persistent on the aim of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
Germany would support a peaceful solution of the nuclear conflict and would agree to China that all related parties would have to return to the negotiation table. Germany would hope to enhance coordination and cooperation with China so that the problem could be solved as soon as possible, Merkel said.
Xi also noted that the German-Chinese cooperation has gone beyond their bilateral relationship and would play an increasingly important role in maintaining world peace, stability and promoting common development. The Chinese President had consulted with President Donald Trump about the situation in Korea one day before.

China’s minister of foreign affairs warns North Korea of further nuclear tests

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday at a press conference in Beijing, his country supported the efforts of the UN Security Council to resolve the crisis. North Korea according to own reports had tested a hydrogen bomb on Sunday. “Given the new developments on the Korean peninsula, China agrees that the UN Security Council should respond further by taking necessary measures,” Wang said. He added that China will have objective, equitable and responsible communication with all actors involved.
The Foreign Minister also expressed his “firm resistance” to North Korea’s nuclear test and urged the country to make the “right decisions and not to exhaust the consensus and limits of the international community.” The UN Security Council also condemned the nuclear test on 4 September. The United States introduced a draft resolution that includes a full ban on exports of oil and gas to North Korea, Associated Press reported.
However, all measures of the international community should not only prevent North Korea from continuing its nuclear and missile program, but also the quickest possible resumption of talks. A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said on 7 September that China would base its trade with North Korea on the principles of denuclearisation, peace and stability.     •

Source: german.china.org.cn of 8 September 2017

(Translation Current Concerns)

What is the effect of renewed sanctions against North Korea?

km. While the reactions of the wanting to lead NATO countries to the renewed nuclear weapons test of North Korea found a widespread entrance into the Western media, this is not valid for the position of the Russian government.
And even Russian President, Vladimir Putin, took a stand on the renewed North Korean nuclear weapons test and on the question of increased sanctions against North Korea. He did this during the press-conference after the BRICS summit in the Chinese Xiamen on 4 September. He, too, condemned the renewed nuclear weapons test of North Korea and designated it as a provocation.However, at the same time he judged tougher sanctions against North Korea as “useless“ and “ineffective in this case“. Sanctions “have reached their limit and are completely ineffective.“ He challenged not to forget what happened in Iraq and later, in Libya. Saddam Hussein had stopped his programme of manufacturing weapons of mass destruction. The result of this was that he and his family, under the guise of finding these weapons, were killed. The Russian President then said: “Everyone is aware of it and everyone remembers it. North Koreans are also aware of it and remember it. Do you think that following the adoption of some sanctions, North Korea will abandon its course on creating weapons of mass destruction?[…] they will eat grass, but they will not abandon this programme unless they feel safe. “Safety, however, can only be ensured through the “restauration of international law“. “We need to advance dialogue between all parties concerned. It is important for all participants in this process, including North Korea, not to have any thoughts about the threat of being destroyed; on the contrary, all sides to the conflict should cooperate. In this environment, in this situation, whipping up military hysteria is absolutely pointless; it is a dead end. […] In this context, military hysteria will do no good, but may lead to a global, planet-wide disaster and enormous casualties. Diplomacy is the only way to solve the North Korean nuclear problem.

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