South Korean and Chinese envoys discuss UN sanctions on North

(From Yonhap)

The chief nuclear envoys of South Korea and China held talks on Friday about how to better implement fresh U.N. sanctions targeting North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, a Seoul diplomat said.

Kim Hong-kyun (L) of South Korea and Wu Dawei of China

Kim Hong-kyun (L) of South Korea and Wu Dawei of China

The Friday talks between Kim Hong-kyun, South Korea’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, and his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei come as North Korea fired two mid-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea earlier in the day in its latest defiance of U.N. resolutions.

Earlier this month, the U.N. Security Council levied tougher sanctions against North Korea’s fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and the Feb. 7 launch of a long-range rocket, both of which violated previous U.N. resolutions.

How to ensure the effectiveness of the new U.N. sanctions as well as North Korea’s latest launch of ballistic missiles were expected to top the agenda of the Friday talks, a Seoul diplomat who was involved in the meeting said.

China, the North’s last major ally and economic benefactor, has vowed to strictly enforce the U.N. sanctions, though it has called for resuming dialogue with Pyongyang to fundamentally resolve the stand-off over its nuclear program. Read More

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