Experts: China Unlikely to Sway North Korea on Missile, Nuclear Tests

Voice of America News reports: “Given its frayed relationship with Washington, Beijing is unlikely to heed U.S. and South Korean calls to urge North Korea to cease missiles and nuclear weapons tests and ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, said experts.

In response to North Korea’s record number of missile launches this year and what would be its seventh nuclear test that has been anticipated throughout this year, Washington and Seoul have been calling on China to use its leverage over North Korea to dissuade the regime from conducting any more tests. China is North Korea’s largest trading partner and longtime ally.

To discuss North Korea’s ‘increasingly destabilizing and escalatory behavior,’ U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim met with Chinese Special Representative on Korean Peninsula Affairs Liu Xiaoming on December 7, according to State Department spokesperson Ned Price.

Kim ‘stressed the need for all U.N. member states to fulfill their obligations and fully enforce the sanctions regime’ at the virtual meeting with Liu, said Price on December 8…”

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