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North Korea seeks U.S. recognition as nuclear weapons state

04 December, 2017, 01:31 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • A bottle of Taedonggang Beer in Beijing

Soon after the launch, North Korea's state TV described Hwasong-15 the greatest ICBM ever made on the Earth and added that it can carry super-large heavy nuclear warheads. During the conversation, Trump urged his Chinese counterpart to stop delivering oil to North Korea. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley also sent a direct threat to Pyongyang, saying that "the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed" if the two countries go to war.

Germany is withdrawing a third diplomat from its embassy in North Korea over increasing concerns about Pyongyang's missile program, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday, a day after Pyongyang test fired a new missile. "I've just purchased an order of cobblestones because they haven't been sanctioned", he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

'If someone really wants to use force to, as the U.S. representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea. then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake, ' Lavrov said.

Mr Xi said China would like to keep up communications with the United States and all other related parties and "jointly push the nuclear issue toward the direction of peaceful settlement via dialogues and negotiations", according to Xinhua.

"China will completely and thoroughly carry out all resolutions regarding North Korea and its global responsibilities", Geng said.

But come early January, North Korean firms or joint ventures in China will be shut down in accordance with UN Security Council sanctions passed on September 12, according to China's commerce ministry. North Korea may be way out of line with its ambitions to enhance its nuclear capabilities in such an irresponsible way as to threaten the USA and its allies South Korea and Japan.

One option for North Korean partners of joint ventures in China is to sell out ahead of when sanctions take effect in January.

A woman who answered the phone at the North Korean consulate in Shenyang said she didn't know what would happen to North Korean businesses and joint ventures in China once United Nations sanctions kicked in. A group of Russian MPs, who visited Pyongyang earlier this week, said that the North Korean side expressed readiness to engage in talks, but demanded that Moscow play a mediating role.

"The North Korean government has been upping the target payments because they have fewer ways to earn hard currency now", said Cheng.

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