US wants China to take action to stop North Korea nuke tests

And these are no longer up for negotiation.

The OFAC announcement claims that representatives of the North's Paeksol Trading Corporation working in Dalian in northeast China suppling coal and iron from North Korea through a system of front companies.

"This is a threat of both rhetoric and growing capability", he said, alluding to the North's recent progress in building nuclear bombs and developing an intercontinental ballistic missile to deliver such weapons to U.S. soil.

Kim Jong-un is questing for missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warheads to strike the mainland US. The drill is part of the annual joint exercise Foal Eagle to enhance the combat readiness of the US and South Korea supporting forces in defense of the Korean Peninsula. "While China is a major avenue for North Korean sanctions evasion, they are not the only pieces to the puzzle".

SEOUL-South Korea's national women's soccer team will travel to North Korea next month to compete in the women's Asian Cup qualifying rounds.

All evidence suggests that another North Korean nuclear test is coming soon, but this one may be different than the reclusive regime's previous tests.

China is not unaware of the threat posed by the North.

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Haley deemed that measure - which was in keeping with United Nations sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program and missile program - insufficient, saying that coal is "going in other ways". It can be recalled that Kim Jong-un has threatened America numerous times saying that he will be reducing the country to ashes if further provocation ensues.

Many experts say that there is a high possibility the regime could conduct its sixth nuclear test next month, which has many anniversaries on the calendar, including the birthday of late founder Kim Il-sung on April 15th. The 51 South Koreans the ministry permitted to travel to the North for the soccer tournament includes 10 reporters. Although this would be hard or even impossible to engineer. China is the country best placed to sponsor such regime change through a combination of economic and financial pressure and proactive political engineering.

OFAC did not specify why routine cargo shipments would be cause for designation, though according to the NK Pro ship tracker there are occasional visits from North Korea-linked vessels to Vietnamese ports.

After all, China is bearing some of the strategic costs of North Korea's weapons programs. They have been "playing" the United States for years.

Its recent tests of various missiles have reaffirmed to the Trump administration that North Korea is reckless and resolute about its objectives. As Woolsey and Pry point out, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) could easily "deliver an atomic bomb hidden on a freighter sailing under a false flag into a US port, or hire their terrorist allies to fly a nuclear 9/11 suicide mission across the unprotected border with Mexico".

North Korea accused the United States Saturday of raising tensions to "the most extreme phase", amid measures by Washington and Seoul to contain Pyongyang's nuclear threat.

The News Lens has been authorized to republish this article from East Asia Forum.

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