Tuesday, February 7, 2017
China Likely Cheating, Again, on North Korea Sanctions
15 June 2016
“We are both determined to fully enforce the UN Security Council Resolution 2270,” said Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday, referring to China and the US. As hundreds of American and Chinese officials wrapped up this year’s installment of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue in China’s capital, America’s top diplomat wanted the world to believe Beijing was complying with international sanctions on North Korea.
Resolution 2270 is the fifth set of coercive measures imposed by the Security Council on Pyongyang for its weapons programs.
So is Kerry telling us what is in fact the case or what he would like to be true? Unfortunately, it’s the latter.
Beijing has been making the right noises about compliance. President Xi Jinping, for instance, pledged China would “completely and fully” enforce the UN’s coercive measures.