Saturday, September 16, 2017

Chinese Envoy to US: Washington Should Switch from Threats to Dialogue on North Korea

Switch from Threats to Dialogue on North Korea
China’s ambassador to the US called on Washington to stop making continuous threats over North Korea and “do more” to build bridges of understanding and negotiation instead.

“Honestly, I think the United States should be doing… much more than now, so that there’s real effective international cooperation on this issue,” Ambassador Cui Tiankai told reporters at an embassy event on Friday, RT reported.

“They should refrain from issuing more threats. They should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation,” he said.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned earlier this week that the US could impose economic sanctions on China if it does not implement the new sanctions regime against North Korea. The restrictions could involve cutting off China’s access to the US financial system, Mnuchin said.

“North Korea economic warfare works,” he said on Tuesday at the Delivering Alpha Conference in New York City, adding that “We sent a message that anybody who wanted to trade with North Korea – we would consider them not trading with us.”

Mnuchin went on to add that “if China doesn’t follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the US and international dollar system.”

The US, which runs a $350 billion annual trade deficit with China, has been reluctant to impose economic sanctions on China over concerns of possible retaliatory measures and the potentially catastrophic consequences for the global economy.

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