The United States and China will co-operate in attempts to put a stop to the missile tests by North Korea, says US President Barack Obama.
In recent weeks, North Korea has launched missiles and carried out hydrogen bomb tests while at the same time threatening the West. Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on the sidelines on Thursday in Washington during a nuclear summit.
Mr. Obama informed that the two countries will see to it that Korean peninsula becomes a nuclear-free zone.
He said he and Mr. Xi were seeking to agree “how we can discourage action like nuclear missile tests that escalate tensions and violate international obligations”.
China state news agency quoted Mr. Xi in which he said that it is vital for the two parties to “fully and strictly” implement the sanctions were agreed on. North Korea and China are close allies and trade partners.
On 6th of January, North Korea carried out nuclear test while on 7th Feb it launched a satellite which violated existing UN sanctions.
After that, the UN implemented sanctions that the US had proposed on the North. China played a central role in the drafting of the sanctions after intense negotiations between the Washington and Beijing.
Previously, there have been sanctions in 2006, 2009 and 2013 but they have not fully managed to dispel the nuclear ambitions of N. Korea.
Most of the times, China gets the burden of implementing the sanctions.
Under the new sanctions, each ship into and out of North Korea has to be inspected and any imports will be halted if proof exists showing that the income from trade has been used to finance North’s nuclear programme.
Washington has for a long time sought the Beijing to pressurize North Korea. A White House statement in February said China’s “unique influence over the North Korean regime” gave it the chance to do so.
The foreign minister for China last week reported that there would be an extended talks regarding North Korea and numerous regional powers would be involved.