China WARNING: Beijing ‘is a THREAT’ to N Korean denuclearisation progress

08-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Express | 6:02 AM Print This Post

CHINA is hampering talks between the US and North Korea on the denuclearisation of the isolated nation, an expert has warned.

Defence expert Amber Smith has said that China is stalling progress with the negotiations between the US and North Korea.

Writing in American media outlet The Hill, Ms Smith said: “The road to a complete and verifiable denuclearised North Korea was always going to be a long one.

“But with China continuing to stoke the fire, it will only further stall progress made by the Trump administration.”

 (Daily Express)

(Daily Express)

It comes after US president Donald Trump said at a rally in Florida last Tuesday that “China may be getting in our way”.

China is North Korea’s major ally and leader Kim Jong-un visited Beijing a week after his summit with Trump in Singapore in June when he promised to work towards denuclearisation.

Ms Smith said: “China has major stakes in the denuclearisation talks and wants to ensure that, through Kim, it has a seat at the table.”

She described the talks between the US and North Korea as a huge challenge for Trump.

She said: “As President Trump continues to be optimistic about North Korea’s willingness to denuclearise, this will prove to be the most challenging, multifaceted negotiation of his career and one involving a challenger, in the form of China, that is unlikely to share his ultimate interests or timetable.”

Ms Smith said there has been a lack of action to denuclearise the rogue state.

She said: “There has been little practical, provable progress on dismantling the North’s nuclear programme.”

It follows reports last week that North Korea is pressing ahead with its nuclear and missile programmes despite the agreement signed by Trump and Kim at the Singapore Summit.

There are also heightened tensions between the US and China as the two countries are battling it out in a trade war.



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