North Korea Sanctions Could Trigger More Missiles And Test US-China ties
Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-14 is pictured during its second test-fire in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on July 29, 2017.
In the aftermath of July’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests, the United Nations on Saturday hit North Korea with “the most stringent set of sanctions placed on any country in a generation,” according to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley.
Previous U.N. penalties have resulted in Pyongyang expressing its displeasure and demonstration of its iron-clad nuclear ambition through more missile tests, and analysts said there may be a repeat performance.
Beijing’s participation in the latest punishment is significant given President Donald Trump’s repeated criticism of Chinese President Xi Jinping for failing to contain North Korean belligerence. But it remains to be seen if the world’s second-largest economy will properly enforce Saturday’s measures — a potential catalyst for deteriorating U.S.-China relations.