China calls on USA to refrain from making threats against North Korea

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The spokeswoman still urged restraint among the countries involved in the North's nuclear issue, calling on them to not take any action that could heighten tensions on and around the Korean Peninsula. "They [the US] should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation". "They can not just leave the issue to China alone, and honestly I think the United States should be doing more, much more than now, so that there is real effective global cooperation on this issue, Cui said".

Warning against putting China-US trade on the table during a reception celebrating Chinese National Day, Cui was further quoted by state news agency Xinhua as saying, "Efforts to undermine Sino-US trade, or even slapping sanctions on China, I think would be off-target".

And there is growing pressure for Japan to militarise in the face of North Korean aggression, most recently voiced by defence minister Shigeru Ishiba's calls to ditch his country's 50-year ban on nuclear weapons, which would be anathema to China.

Speaking after a Council meeting at which it condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test earlier in the day, Nebenzya said that the United Nations sanctions resolution also called for negotiations with North Korea to resolve the standoff, and Washington must now honor that call.

The Chinese government, however, has firmly resisted against the notion that it has much control over Pyongyang. "Without implementing this, we also will consider it as a non-compliance with the resolution". Chinese and Russian negotiators managed to persuade the United States delegation not to impose a travel ban or asset freeze on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. According to the state-run KCNA news agency, leader Kim Jong-un said: "Our goal is to make the rulers of the USA dare not talk about military option regarding us".

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned earlier this week that the US could impose economic sanctions on China if it does not implement the new sanctions regime against North Korea.

Pyongyang defends its military program as deterrence against a potential military action by the U.S., which has a strong military presence in the neighboring South.

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