China Puts North Korea Talks On Hold
Looks like last week’s nuclear test angered a key ally too.
China suspended government exchanges with North Korea after Kim Jong-Ilâ€™s regime last week tested a nuclear device and fired short-range missiles, Yonhap News said.
China has halted plans to send officials to North Korea and wonâ€™t accept visits from Kimâ€™s government either, the Korean- language news agency said today, citing unidentified diplomatic sources in Beijing.
Chinaâ€™s foreign ministry has said the country â€œresolutely opposesâ€ North Koreaâ€™s nuclear test. China on May 25 agreed with the U.S., Japan and Russia to work toward a United Nations Security Council resolution censuring North Korea. The U.S. and Japan want the statement to call for cutting the communist countryâ€™s global financial ties, UN diplomats said.
And that begs the question: if China can’t get through to North Korea, who can? After all, China has long been seen as one of the only real partner North Korea has, and if they can’t exert some type of control over them…what then?