China rebuffs US on North Korea sanctions

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As expected by Indianmanadarins, US Secretary of State John Kerry has failed to secure China’s support for tougher sanctions against North Korea in the wake of its fourth nuclear bomb test earlier this month, with the two sides agreeing only to pursue a new UN Security Council resolution.

On Wednesday, Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the committed after meeting in Beijing to discuss a stronger response to Kim’s studied gamble based on China’s extreme fault-lines. While the U.S. is seeking measures like bans on oil exports to China’s neighbour and imports of North Korean mineral resources, China is emphasizing the importance of returning to the negotiating table and does not want to step up economic pressure on North Korea to a point where it would have to cope with a huge refugee population from that country.

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