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Trump declares North Korea state sponsor of terror
By Dave Clark, and Andrew Beatty
Washington (AFP) Nov 21, 2017


Chinese envoy ends N.Korea trip
Beijing (AFP) Nov 20, 2017 - A Chinese special envoy on Monday ended a four-day trip to North Korea during which the two sides discussed regional concerns but made no direct statements about the nuclear crisis.

Officially, Song Tao was sent by President Xi Jinping to report on the outcome of the Chinese Communist Party's recent congress.

Analysts had expected that Song would press North Korean officials on the nuclear standoff, but did not expect any breakthroughs.

The trip came a week after US President Donald Trump urged Beijing to do more to rein in its Cold War-era ally, warning that time was quickly running out to resolve the crisis.

Song's visit was the first by a senior Chinese envoy for more than a year.

Relations are severely stressed over Pyongyang's sabre-rattling -- with missile launches and a sixth nuclear test -- and Beijing's support for tough UN sanctions on its neighbour.

China's official Xinhua news agency said the two sides "exchanged views on issues of common concern", including "issues on the Korean peninsula", along with relations between the two countries and their ruling communist parties.

The brief report said they agreed to "strengthen inter-party contacts and exchanges and push for the development of China-North Korea relations".

Bonnie Glaser, China specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told AFP that it was difficult to unpick the true tenor of the trip.

"I doubt that the nuclear issue figured prominently in this visit. China appears eager to prevent its ties with the DPRK from deteriorating and, if possible, improve them," she said.

There has been no mention of any meeting between Song and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

When the North sent an envoy to Beijing after its own party congress last year, the official met Xi.

- Testing ties -

As Song wrapped up his trip, South Korea announced that Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha would travel to Beijing on Tuesday to prepare for a December visit by President Moon Jae-In.

Kang's meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi is also expected to cover ways to "work together in seeking a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue", the South's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Relations between China and South Korea have also been strained by the nuclear crisis, with Beijing angry at Seoul for hosting a US missile defence system.

South Korea and the United States say the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system is intended to counter missile threats from North Korea.

China sees it as a threat to its own military capabilities. It has slapped a series of measures on South Korean firms and banned its tour groups from visiting the country in moves seen as economic retaliation.

But the two countries have been seeking to improve ties in recent weeks.

"China is always committed to moving forward the bilateral ties on the basis of mutual respect and win-win cooperation," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular news briefing.

President Donald Trump on Monday declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism even as his top diplomat said Washington has not given up hope of a negotiated end to the nuclear standoff with Kim Jong-Un's regime.

Trump promised a rapid escalation of US Treasury sanctions against the North after adding its name to a terror blacklist previously led by Iran and Syria.

"Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago," Trump said.

He cited the death of a US student who had been held in a North Korean jail and the assassination by nerve agent of Kim's elder half-brother on foreign soil as reasons for the move.

However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said sanctions and diplomacy could still pressure Kim into talks on nuclear disarmament.

"We still hope for diplomacy," he said, adding that punitive measures were already having a significant impact on Pyongyang's economy.

There was no immediate reaction from North Korea, but an editorial in the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun ahead of the announcement described Trump as a "mentally deranged money-grabber" who was leading the US down an "irretrievable road to hell."

The White House has said it will not tolerate the North's testing or deployment of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to US cities.

Experts believe Pyongyang is within months of such a threshold, having carried out six nuclear tests since 2006 and test-fired several types of missiles, including multi-stage rockets.

Japan said it "welcomes and supports" Trump's announcement. But there was a more restrained response from South Korea.

Seoul's foreign ministry said the US measure was "part of the international community's common efforts to bring North Korea to the path of denuclearisation through strong sanctions and pressure".

Some analysts warned of a possible backlash.

"North Korea will consider it as a thing next to a declaration of war," Professor Yang Moo-Jin of the University for North Korean Studies in Seoul told AFP.

"There is a possibility that it may retaliate by test-launching an ICBM in the near future."

- 'Maximum pressure' -

Both Trump and Kim have previously raised fears of open conflict erupting over the North's banned nuclear missile program, as they exchanged insults and threats of a devastating military response.

But US officials say their main hope is that Pyongyang will back down, in the face of what Tillerson described as an inexorable increase in economic and diplomatic pressure -- supported by China.

"We know that there are current shortages of fuel based upon what we can gather anecdotally and also from certain intelligence sources," Tillerson said.

"We know that their revenues are down," he said. "So I think it is having an effect. Is this the reason we haven't had a provocative act in 60 days?"

North Korea is already under a crushing sanctions regime, and Monday's terror designation will not have much immediate economic impact.

But Trump said his declaration would kick off a two-week period of announcements -- starting with a "very large" US Treasury sanctions measure -- that will amount to a "maximum pressure campaign."

US officials see the designation -- which was removed by then-president George W. Bush in 2008 -- as a way of ratcheting up pressure on other states and foreign banks that may be failing to fully enforce the sanctions.

- Tortured in custody? -

"In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil," Trump said.

In February Kim's potential rival and elder half-brother Kim Jong-Nam died after he was sprayed with a nerve agent in Kuala Lumpur airport, in an assassination blamed on Pyongyang.

US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that other murders have been linked to North Korea, but the State Department said information about them "remains classified."

"As we take this action today, our thoughts turn to Otto Warmbier," Trump said of the 22-year-old who died this year after being repatriated from detention in North Korea in a coma. US officials allege he was tortured in custody.

US officials would not say what new sanctions might be announced, but an expert predicted secondary measures against Chinese banks, and an Asian diplomat said there could be action against individual North Korean traders working in China.

The diplomat said Washington would like to impose a total oil embargo on the North but China is not yet ready to accept a move that could cause Kim's regime to topple, thereby unleashing chaos on its border.

NUKEWARS
China to send envoy to N. Korea, Trump hails 'big move'
Beijing (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
China is set to dispatch a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, a trip hailed as a "big move" by US President Donald Trump, who has urged Beijing to pile pressure on its nuclear-armed ally. Song Tao is officially travelling to the North to brief officials on the recent Chinese Communist Party congress and "other issues of mutual concern" on behalf of President Xi Jinping. But analysts ... read more

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