US Push For Sanctions on N Korea Likely to Stumble Over China

The United States is considering new sanctions against North Korea over its missile and nuclear program. 

However, Washington's initiative seems to be hardly possible without Beijing's support.

"The Chinese side has always opposed the use of unilateral sanctions, we believe that the dispute settlement arising between different countries should be implemented on the basis of mutual respect through an appropriate, fair dialogue," the statement read.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported Thursday citing diplomatic sources that Washington may soon expand talks on stronger UN sanctions against North Korea to include all 15 Security Council members, signaling a likely deal with China on new measures.

According to the report, the US usually discusses sanctions on North Korea with China and once there is an agreement between Washington and Beijing the discussion involves other members of the Security Council.

At the same time, China and Russia sees a North Korean test of long-range weapon or a nuclear weapon as a reasonable clause for new sanctions.

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya said, "Even if there is an agreement between the US and China, it doesn't mean there is an agreement between the P5 members."

The Russian diplomat added that while he was aware of what might be in the resolution he had not seen the "draft as it stands now," according to Reuters.

Russian political analyst Nikolai Shlyamin suggested that taking into account Beijing’s stance on the matter, Washington will not be able to bring the initiative to life and involve the UNSC into promoting new sanctions.

"Taking into account a new demonizing campaign against North Korea launched in the US, a positive decision on new sanctions is unlikely. Possibly, Washington will not be able to push its initiative through the Security Council, especially considering Beijing’s stance on the matter. 

But I think that the implementation of sanctions through the UNSC is not as important as Washington’s intention to keep its role as a country fighting 'evil' around the world. 

North Korea has been one these 'evil' countries," Shlyamin said.

Earlier, Politico reported citing sources in the White House that Trump’s top advisers are working "behind the scenes" to craft a set of economic measures to punish China.

According to the expert, such an initiative risks having a self-harming effect on the US and the White House is unlikely to do that.

"China is one of the main trade partners for the US. 

This is why this report doesn’t sound credible. 

Moreover, discussing measures is one thing but imposing them on one of the world’s most economically powerful country is another thing. 

In addition, such a measure would push China closer to Russia. 

As a result, the US would find itself taking on two powerful countries that have the potential to counter Washington’s global dominance," Shlyamin pointed out.