Un Ambassador of the US Nikki Haley said Tuesday the Trump administration believes China is using the “back-channel network” with North Korea to try and get Kim Jong Un to stop the nuclear and ballistic missiles tests.
“We believe that they are productive,” she told reporters. “We think that they are trying to counteract what’s happening now.”
Haley said that China knows North Korea is the best “and so we’re going to keep the pressure on China, but we are going to continue to work with them in a way they think is best.”
At the same time, Haley said, the United States and China are discussing the timing of a new security council resolution that would toughen sanctions against North Korea in response to the recent ballistic missile launches. The last start on Monday was the third in three weeks.
Beijing has a considerable influence on North Korea, 90 percent of whom trade with China.
But China’s U. N. ambassador Liu Jieyi, made it clear last week that Beijing’s top priority is to restart talks with North Korea following are multiple tests to try to the tensions rather than the imposition of new sanctions. He stressed that all the progress with Pyongyang on the removal of nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula through dialogue.
Haley said Washington and Beijing are trying to decide what the best way is to approach North Korea.
“I don’t think it backpedaling so much as nothing is changing North Korea’s actions,” she said. “If this is going to happen to the other day, how we must react in a way that we actually stop these things, or slow down?”
“I think we have those conversations this week, and I hope that we can come to a final solution,” Haley added.
Earlier this month, she said in Beijing, it was not the entering into of a new resolution, but she told reporters Tuesday that she has heard of the Chinese, and the debate is now about “at what point do we do the resolution.”
The security council has imposed six rounds of increasingly tough sanctions imposed on North Korea.
Pyongyang’s reaction is resistance and strengthens the tests to improve its nuclear arsenal and the reach of its purpose, namely, to the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the United States.
North Korea’s deputy U. N. ambassador Kim In Ryong, said U. N. correspondents on 19 May that his government will soon strengthen its nuclear strike capability as long as the United States has a “hostile policy” in the direction of the country.
He said that if the Trump administration wants peace on the Korean peninsula, replacing the armistice agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace agreement and stop the anti-North Korea policy, which he called “the cause of all problems.”
The Trumpet administration has said that there will be no talks until North Korea takes steps in the direction of the elimination of the nuclear arsenal.