The US State Department claims China is trying to reverse United Nations sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear program.
The US State Department on Tuesday accused China of “blatant violation” of its obligation to enforce international sanctions against North Korea, saying the United States would offer rewards of up to $ 5 million for information on sanction evasion.
Speaking to the think tank at the Washington Center for Strategic and International Studies, Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary of the US State Department for North Korea, accused China of “reversing” the United Nations sanctions regime in an attempt to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons .
Wong said China continued to accept at least 20,000 North Korean workers in breach of UN prohibitions, and that the US had observed ships carrying banned coal or other sanctioned goods from North Korea to China on 555 separate occasions over the past year.
“On none of these occasions have the Chinese authorities taken any action to stop these illegal imports. Not once, ”said Wong.
He added that China currently has no less than two dozen North Korean officials linked to Pyongyang’s weapons of mass destruction programs or banks.
He accused China of “trying to reverse the UN sanctions regime that they voted for in 2006, 2009, 2013, 2016 and 2017”.
“They are trying to revive trade links and revenue transfers to the north to ensure that the Chinese get into the north’s economy,” he said.
China has insisted on complying with United Nations sanction requirements against North Korea, although alongside Russia it has also expressed hope that easing those conditions could help break the deadlock in Washington-Pyongyang nuclear talks.