U.S. calls for more pressure on China to help with North Korean sanctions

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - A senior U.S. diplomat stepped up pressure on China on Wednesday to co-operate on new, tough sanctions meant to make North Korea suffer for a recent nuclear test that raised worries about advancements in its bomb program.

See Full Article

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in South Korea on a diplomatic push for tougher sanctions that can force change in the North. Key to those efforts is whether China, the North's last major ally and a veto-wielding U.N. Security Council member, will join in imposing any harsh punishment on the North.

"We believe that China has a special role to play given the special relationship that it has with North Korea," Blinken told reporters after meeting with South Korean officials.

He said Beijing has "more influence and leverage" over Pyongyang than any other country because most its trade goes from, to or through China. Blinken flies to Beijing later Wednesday for talks on North Korea.

During a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, Blinken said Seoul and Washington are working closely in New York with the United Nations Security Council.

Yun said it is time for the international community to stand united to make North Korea face the consequences for its bomb test. "This is North Korea versus international community," he said.

China is expected to join in some U.N. sanctions but won't likely go as far as to take steps that might lead to the collapse of the North's authoritarian government. China fears the onslaught of a wave of refugees and violence surging across the border, analysts say.

North Korea says it conducted a hydrogen bomb test on Jan. 6. Many governments and experts remain highly skeptical about the North's claim, but whatever device North Korea detonated will likely push the country a step closer toward its goal of manufacturing a miniaturized warhead to place on a missile that can threaten the U.S. mainland.

After the bomb test, the rival Koreas resumed psychological warfare with Seoul blasting anti-Pyongyang broadcasts from border loudspeakers, while Pyongyang does the same and also floats propaganda leaflets over the border by balloon, according to South Korean officials.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Trump: U.S. has been on 'wrong side' of NAFTA for many years

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — President Donald Trump has again raised the spectre of the U.S. pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying America has been on the “wrong side” of the trade pact for “many, many years. Source
  • Trump: U.S. has been on 'wrong side' of NAFTA for 'many, many' years

    World News CTV News
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- U.S. President Donald Trump has again raised the spectre of the U.S. pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying America has been on the "wrong side" of the trade pact for "many, many years. Source
  • Texas cop faked his own death, fled into Mexico

    World News Toronto Sun
    AUSTIN, Texas — Authorities in Texas say a police officer who notified his wife that he planned to kill himself actually faked his own death and fled to Mexico. An arrest affidavit revealed Friday that 29-year-old Austin officer Coleman Martin earlier in the week texted his wife a photo of a note indicating he meant to drown himself in a lake near the border with Mexico. Source
  • Shortlist for new Canadian astronauts includes two women with ties to Calgary

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Space has long captured the interest of Calgary-born Jenni Sidey. When she was a little girl, she recalls looking up to Roberta Bondar, Canada's first female astronaut. "I remember my mum took me to go see her speak when I was younger, so I always had this kind of hero in the back of my head," Sidey said in an interview. Source
  • Canada's defence minister apologizes for embellishing role in Afghan operation

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    For embellishing his role in an iconic 2006 Afghanistan offensive, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has apologized to the public and the troops he leads. His mea culpa for saying “I was the architect of Operation Medusa” came across as sincere. Source
  • Protect yourself from the taxman

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Any time a drab recycled paper envelope bearing the Canada Revenue Agency logo arrives in the mail, how many can truly say their heart doesn’t skip a beat before opening it up to discover the message? Is it a Notice of Audit? A re-assessment? A refusal to a deduction made on your last tax return? Or — good news — acceptance of your return with a statement showing there is no tax owing. Source
  • Without Trump, White House Correspondents' dinner to focus on journalism

    World News CBC News
    There's a thinner presence of celebrities and other famous faces at this year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Saturday evening's red carpet featured boldface names largely from the world of journalism and government. Among the guests are longtime Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright. Source
  • Without Trump, White House Correspondents' dinner shifts focus to press freedom

    World News CBC News
    There's a thinner presence of celebrities and other famous faces at this year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Saturday evening's red carpet featured boldface names largely from the world of journalism and government. Among the guests are longtime Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright. Source
  • Keys to happier life revealed

    World News Toronto Sun
    VANCOUVER — Want to live longer, enjoy life more and actually find that elusive happiness? Among the dozens of big ideas shared this week at the international TED conference — from a robot that could outperform students on college exams to an ultraviolet light that could kill superbugs — were some simpler, almost obvious, life improvements we should all prioritize to live better lives. Source
  • Madeleine McCann's parents hopeful missing girl still 'out there'

    World News Toronto Sun
    LONDON — The parents of Madeleine McCann, the 3-year-old British girl who vanished during a family vacation to Portugal in 2007, say they are still hopeful they will one day be reunited with their daughter as they mark the 10th anniversary of her disappearance. Source