US Asks China To Cut Off Oil Supply To North Korea

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Mr Xi said China would like to keep up communications with the U.S. and all other related parties and "jointly push the nuclear issue toward the direction of peaceful settlement via dialogues and negotiations", according to Xinhua.

China has already ordered the closure of North Korean businesses in the country and told Chinese companies they can not hire new workers from the North or renew contracts.

In addition, the Yalv River Bridge, which represents China and North Korea's friendship and is the main crossing point between the two countries, was temporarily closed last week.

Haley's warning comes on the heels of the third intercontinental missile test launch that North Korea announced earlier this week, claiming now its missiles can hit any location in the United States.

While Haley claimed that an oil embargo against North Korea would be a "pivotal step in the world's efforts to stop this global pariah", China has indicated that it would not support such a policy, and analysts have warned that it would only harm the North Korean people.

"If someone really wants to use force to, as the USA representative to the United Nations put it, destroy North Korea.then I think that is playing with fire and a big mistake", the Russian foreign minister warned. China is North Korea's neighbor and its sole major trading partner.

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In sharp contrast, however, comments in China's state media about the latest test and sanctions were more direct, with some even putting the blame for the launch on the United States.

The U.S. has for months insisted that more radical measures be taken against the North Korean regime, but Beijing has been reluctant to step up the pressure too much, wary of bringing a refugee crisis on its own head in case of an open military conflict in the region.

For its part, China's Foreign Ministry said Thursday that it was still focused on denuclearization and getting all sides back to the negotiating table.

"It is time the US realized that increasing and tightening sanctions already in place will not have the desired effect. We said we appreciated the stance and were working with Pyongyang". "U.N. Security Council measures".

Staff at the reception desk at the Chilbosan, who confirmed the hotel was North Korean-owned, said they had no plans to close because of the sanctions.

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