Donald Trump asks Xi Jinping to cut off North Korea's oil

Katrina Barker
December 4, 2017

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he still had confidence in diplomatic efforts on North Korea and that the United States would be "unrelenting" in working through the United Nations.

Tillerson on Thursday welcomed Chinese efforts on North Korea, but said Beijing could do more to limit its oil exports to the country. "If war comes, make no mistake: The North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed".

Chinese oil supplies to the pariah state are its lifeline, which is why they have been the topic of negotiations between the USA and China ever since Pyongyang started testing nuclear ballistic missiles. "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 USA representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea. then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake", Lavrov told reporters. China is North Korea's neighbor and its sole major trading partner.

"China can do this on its own", Haley said in a speech at the United Nations, "or we can take the oil situation into our own hands".

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. The United States has imposed its own sanctions against the DPRK. "We do think they can do more with the oil and we're really asking them to please restrain more of the oil, not cut it off completely", Tillerson said Thursday at the State Department.

She was part of a delegation of Russian lawmakers just back from a visit to North Korea.

"If there is a crisis in North Korea, both sides have their own backup plans".

Russian Federation and China have proposed a roadmap for settling the Korean crisis through a transition to negotiations, which implies rejection of any actions that fuel tensions.

In addition, the Yalv River Bridge, which represents China and North Korea's friendship and is the main crossing point between the two countries, was temporarily closed last week.

"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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