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Tillerson urges China to curb oil supply to N

Tillerson urges China to curb oil supply to N

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly warned of a military scenario for North Korea, and recently included the country on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, paving the way for more sanctions.

USA sanctions against North Korea were bolstered last week after the Trump administration declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.

December 1, 2017 (EIRNS)-According to Vitaly Pashin of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia's bicameral Federal Assembly, "North Korea is now ready to conduct negotiations with the USA with the participation of Russia as a third party", Pashin told TASS, commenting on the results of the talks between the Russian parliamentary delegation and the North Korean leadership in Pyongyang, Nov. 27-Dec. 1.

"If someone really wants to use force to, as the USA representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea. then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake", Lavrov told reporters.

"The dictator of North Korea made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war, not farther from it", U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council.

In sharp contrast, however, comments in China's state media about the latest test and sanctions were more direct, with some even putting the blame for the launch on the United States. North Korea has been buying oil from Russian Federation as well but in much smaller amounts and continues to be dependent on Chinese supplies.




Mr Trump also "emphasised the need for China to use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of denuclearisation".

China has already ordered the closure of North Korean businesses in the country and told Chinese companies they can not hire new workers from the North or renew contracts.

The threat of a military confrontation is making China rethink its resistance to discussing contingencies involving North Korea, according to experts.

"China can do this on its own", Haley said in a speech at the United Nations, "or we can take the oil situation into our own hands".

"We have never sought war with North Korea and still today we do not seek it". "U.N. Security Council measures".

A woman who answered the phone at the North Korean consulate in Shenyang said she didn't know what would happen to North Korean businesses and joint ventures in China once United Nations sanctions kicked in.


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