nuclear crisis

U.S. Envoy Leaves China with No North Korea Meeting

Neither Condoleezza Rice nor Christopher Hill’s recent visits in Beijing brought progress on the North Korea nuclear issue. From Reuters: The top U.S. negotiator on North Korea was to leave China on Sunday without meeting...

New Regime – The Times

North Korea has promises to keep and China must ensure that it does , via the Times: The denuclearisation deal hammered out with North Korea is unsatisfactory. It is nowhere near as comprehensive and unequivocal as the resolution that was passed by the UN Security Council last October in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear test. It […]

China Retakes Center Stage in North Korea Crisis – Reuters

From Reuters: Delegates to six-party talks began converging on Beijing on Wednesday seeking a breakthrough in talks aimed at curtailing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, but envoys and analysts said a final deal was far away… China has set no official deadline for the session, but its chief delegate, Wu Dawei, has said the talks may […]

China Prods Iran to Answer U.N. – Audra Ang

From AP: China on Friday urged Iran to give a “serious response” to a U.N. Security Council resolution that imposed sanctions on Tehran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment. Iran’s top nuclear envoy, however, warned that Tehran’s commitment to the peaceful use of nuclear technology will change if the country is threatened. The negotiator, Ali […]

China’s interests go well beyond the nuclear issue Ôºç Christopher Hughes

From The GuardianÔºö During Condoleezza Rice’s recent tour of north-east Asia to drum up support for the raft of sanctions that the UN security council has imposed on North Korea, China appeared to be both the weakest link but also the country with most leverage over Pyongyang. Yet relatively little is known about its approach […]

Tension, Desperation: The China-North Korean Border – Norimtsu Onishi

From The New York Times: NORTH KOREA’S porous 880-mile border with China is its lifeline to the outside world. About 39 percent of its trade last year was with China, which, critically, supplies it with 80 to 90 percent of its oil. Trafficking in money transfers and human beings also flourishes. By contrast, North Korea’s […]

China Boosts N. Korea Border Inspections – Ng Han Guan and Audra Ang

From AP: Customs officials examined trucks at the North Korean border Monday as China complied with new U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang for its nuclear test. But China’s U.N. ambassador indicated its inspectors will not board ships to search for suspicious equipment or material. On Tuesday, North Korea said the United Nations effectively declared war on […]

China Fears Consequences of North Korea Collapse – Reuters

From Reuters: A huge flow of refugees, a stronger U.S. presence in the region and economic pressures that could impact the stability of its government — those are the worst fears for China in the event its neighbor, North Korea, collapsed. The conclusion China has come to as it weighs its response to North Korea’s […]

U.N. Security Council Sets Vote For North Korea Sanctions – AP

From AP via The Wall Street Journal: The U.N. Security Council will vote Saturday after reaching a broad compromise on a resolution that would impose nonmilitary sanctions on North Korea for the nuclear test it announced earlier this week. Both the U.S. and Russian indicated that more tinkering would have to be done Friday before […]

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