CHINA, RUSSIA PROPOSE EASING NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS


18/12/2019




Selin ATAY-TDO-China has called on the U. N. Security Council to support the draft, which calls for an easing of sanctions on North Korea, which it has drafted with Russia. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Korean Peninsula is going through a very important and sensitive period and that the urgency of a political settlement is growing.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made statement on draft resolution submitted by Russia and China to the UNSC that calls for sanctions relief to North Korea in order to improve the humanitarian situation in the country. "We hope that the UNSC will unilaterally support this political solution to the problem on the Korean Peninsula. These two capitals must be penetrated in order for Washington and Pyongyang to look after each other's interests," he said.

According to media reports, Beijing and Moscow shared a draft UN resolution at the Security Council on lifting bans on North Korea exporting seafood and textiles and exempting inter-Korean rail and road-building projects from sanctions.

Unlike Russia and China, the United States and European countries insist that sanctions continue.

The UK's Permanent Representative to the UN said: "sanctions will continue until North Korea takes concrete steps on denuclearization."France's Permanent Representative to the UN said it was not possible to lift or ease sanctions in the current situation.

North Korea has been subject to UN sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs since 2006.

 


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