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North Korea defiant in face of US, China pressure
by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) Jan 25, 2013


US cites N. Korea bankers for weapons proliferation
Washington (AFP) Jan 24, 2013 - The US Treasury on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Beijing-based North Korean bankers for their role in exporting Pyongyang's weapons technology and equipment, including to Iran.

Also named for sanctions was a Hong Kong-based trading company which the Treasury said facilitates weapons-related shipments on behalf of Pyongyang's "premier arms dealer," the Mining Development Trading Corporation known as KOMID, the Treasury said.

The Treasury said Ra Ky'ong-Su and Kim Kwang-Il are Beijing representatives of Tanchon Commercial Bank (TCB), which it called the "financial arm" of KOMID.

"TCB plays a role in financing KOMID's sales of ballistic missiles and has also been involved in ballistic missile transactions from KOMID to Iran's Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group, the US and UN-designated Iranian organization responsible for developing liquid-fueled ballistic missiles," it said.

The trading company hit with sanctions, Leader (Hong Kong) International Trading Ltd, facilitates shipments to KOMID's customers or its agents outside of North Korea, the Treasury said.

N. Korea faces China aid cut over atomic test: media
Beijing (AFP) Jan 25, 2013 - North Korea's sole major ally China will decrease aid to Pyongyang if it goes ahead with a planned nuclear test, state-run media said in an unusually frank warning on Friday.

China is the North's leading energy supplier and trade partner and is seen as one of the few nations able to influence Pyongyang's behaviour, with the comments adding a distinctive edge to its typical official calls for stability and dialogue.

"If North Korea engages in further nuclear tests, China will not hesitate to reduce its assistance to North Korea," the Global Times said in an editorial.

"Just let North Korea be 'angry'. We can't sit by and do nothing just because we are worried it might impact the Sino-North Korean relationship."

The same comments appeared in the Chinese version of the article. The paper is owned by the People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the ruling party, and normally takes a nationalistic tone on foreign relations.

The editorial came after Pyongyang reacted furiously to a UN Security Council resolution this week condemning its rocket launch last month and imposing expanded sanctions.

It vowed to boost its nuclear arsenal and to conduct a third nuclear test and more long-range rocket launches in an "all-out action" against its "sworn US enemy".

"China has a dilemma: there's no possible way for us to search for a diplomatic balance between North Korea and South Korea, Japan and the US," the Global Times said, seemingly distancing itself from Pyongyang.

"We should have a pragmatic attitude to deal with the problems and pursue the optimal ratio between our investment of resources and strategic gains.

"China hopes for a stable peninsula, but it's not the end of the world if there's trouble there," it added.

The editorial also expressed discontent at what it saw as North Korean criticism of Beijing for backing the UN resolution, which only passed after lengthy negotiations between the US and China.

Envoys said Beijing had sought to shield Pyongyang from tougher measures.

"After putting a lot of effort into amendments for the draft resolution, China also voted for it. It seems that North Korea does not appreciate China's effort," the Global Times said.

After Pyongyang made its announcement on Thursday, Beijing officially called for restraint and dialogue.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China hoped all parties would "stay calm, be discreet in words and deeds and look at the long-term interest and push for the resumption of the six-party talks".

North Korea kicked out at rival South Korea on Friday, even as China and the United States sought to pressure the isolated state into backing away from a threatened nuclear test.

In the latest in a series of bellicose warnings from Pyongyang sparked by a tightening of UN sanctions, the North's top body for inter-Korean affairs threatened the South with unspecified "physical counter-measures".

"Sanctions amount to a declaration of war against us," the Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Fatherland said in a statement.

"If the South Korean puppet regime of traitors directly participates in the so-called UN 'sanctions', strong physical countermeasures would be taken," it added.

The warning, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, came a day after North Korea's top military body threatened to conduct a third nuclear test and boost its ability to strike the United States.

The current upsurge in tensions has its roots in Pyongyang's defiant decision to push ahead with a long-range rocket launch on December 12 -- insisting it was a peaceful mission to place a satellite in orbit.

The rest of the world saw it as a banned ballistic missile test and on Tuesday the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that expanded the number of North Korean entities on an international blacklist.

The United States, supported by Japan and South Korea, spearheaded the UN resolution.

Pyongyang reacted furiously, vowing to boost its nuclear arsenal and to conduct a third nuclear test and even longer-range rocket launches in an "all-out action" against its "sworn US enemy".

In Washington on Thursday, White House spokesman Jay Carney criticised the North Korean threat as "needlessly provocative" and stressed that any test would be a "significant violation" of UN Security Council resolutions.

"Further provocations would only increase Pyongyang's isolation, and its continued focus on its nuclear and missile programme is doing nothing to help the North Korean people," Carney told reporters.

Outgoing US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the United States was "fully prepared" for a test from Pyongyang.

"But I hope... they determine that in the end, it is better to become a part of the international family," Panetta said.

In addition to the UN measures, the United States added names to its own blacklist that freezes any US-based assets of designated individuals and groups and makes it a crime for anyone in the United States to assist them.

The UN resolution was notable for receiving the backing of North Korea's sole major ally, China, which had shielded Pyongyang from stronger sanctions demanded by Washington.

In an unusually frank warning on Friday, China's state-run media indicated that Beijing would decrease aid to Pyongyang if it goes ahead with a nuclear test.

"If North Korea engages in further nuclear tests, China will not hesitate to reduce its assistance," the Global Times, which is close to China's ruling Communist Party, said in an editorial.

"China hopes for a stable peninsula, but it's not the end of the world if there's trouble there," it added.

As North Korea's main economic lifeline, China is seen as the only country with any genuine leverage over the impoverished, isolated and nuclear-armed state.

Pyongyang has long played on Chinese fears of the consequences of North Korea's collapse to defy Beijing's efforts to rein in its nuclear weapons programme.

Mushrooming trade with China has helped North Korea mitigate the impact of UN sanctions already imposed after Pyongyang's previous nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

The Global Times editorial expressed official displeasure at a lack of North Korean understanding of Beijing's role in softening the sanctions outlined in Tuesday's UN resolution.

"It seems that North Korea does not appreciate China's effort," the newspaper said.

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