ReutersBEIJING (Reuters) — China suggested on Tuesday that sanctions relief could be considered for North Korea, after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
China has signed up for increasingly tough U.N. sanctions against its isolated neighbor following Pyongyang’s repeated nuclear and missile tests, but has always said sanctions should be accompanied by talks for a political resolution.
China is North Korea’s most important economic and diplomatic backer, despite its anger at Pyongyang’s saber rattling.
Speaking in Beijing following Trump and Kim’s signing of a joint statement at the end of their historic summit in Singapore, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated that China has always strictly abided by all U.N. resolutions on North Korea.
“The U.N. Security Council resolutions that have been passed say that if North Korea respects and acts in accordance with the resolutions, then sanction measures can be adjusted, including to pause or remove the relevant sanctions,” Geng told a daily news briefing.
“China has consistently held that sanctions are not the goal in themselves. The Security Councils actions should support and conform to the efforts of current diplomatic talks towards denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and promote a political solution for the peninsula.”Speech