China’s ambassador to the US has said Washington must stop threatening North Korea over its weapons program if a peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis is to be found.
He said the US should make an efforts to help resume dialog over the crisis on the Korean Peninsula rather than putting pressure on China.
Ambassador Cui Tiankai said “They should refrain from issuing more threats. They should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation…..Honestly, I think the United States should be doing … much more than now, so that there’s real effective international cooperation on this issue.”
The US warned on Friday it could revert to military options if the latest sanctions fail to stop North Korean missile and nuclear tests.
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Warning against putting China-US trade on the table during a reception celebrating Chinese National Day, Cui was further quoted by state news agency Xinhua as saying, “Efforts to undermine Sino-US trade, or even slapping sanctions on China, I think would be off-target.”
“If someone were to pressure China or impose sanctions on China over the DPRK, it would not be supported by many US citizens,” the Chinese diplomat added, referring to North Korea by the acronym for its official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
He further said, “Workers at US airplane factories, farmers growing soybeans, companies that sell smart phones to China, manufacturers that enjoy large market shares in China, companies in the service sector that have gained trade surplus in China, US states that engage in robust trade with China would all stand against it.”
US President Donald Trump and other American authorities as well as officials from countries allied with Washington have called on Beijing to exert diplomatic and economic pressure on Pyongyang in an effort to resolve the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
The Chinese government, however, has firmly resisted against the notion that it has much control over Pyongyang. Beijing has backed UN sanctions against the North.
Trump tweeted earlier this month, vowing that the US was considering ceasing trade with nations doing business with North Korea.
Meanwhile, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un announced on Saturday that his country was seeking to reach “equilibrium” of military force with the US, shortly after the UN Security Council (UNSC) censured Pyongyang’s latest missile launch over Japan.
“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK,” Kim said as cited by state news agency KCNA.
Kim further vowed to complete the country’s nuclear weapons program despite growing sanctions against Pyongyang.