US takes China ‘at word’ on North Korea sanctions


South Korean people watch a TV screen showing a graphic of North Korea's rocket launch at a train station in Seoul on Friday. North Korea launched a long-range rocket that appears to have disintegrated soon after blastoff and fallen into the ocean. AFP

WASHINGTON—The United States said Thursday it believed China’s assurances that it is abiding by sanctions on North Korea after charges that Beijing supplied technology for a missile launcher.

IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly said that UN officials are investigating allegations that China violated sanctions imposed by the Security Council after North Korea unveiled the 16-wheel launcher at a military parade.

“China has provided repeated assurances that it’s complying fully with both Resolution 1718 as well 1874. We’re not presently aware of any UN probe into this matter,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

“I think we take them at their word,” Toner said, adding that he was not aware of specific conversations between the United States and China about the launcher.

North Korea showed off the launcher, carrying an apparently new medium-range missile, as part of national celebrations on Sunday for the centennial of the birth of the regime’s founder Kim Il-Sung.

Quoting an unidentified official, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly said China could be in breach of the two resolutions approved after North Korea’s 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests if it passed along the vehicle since then.

US Representative Mike Turner, who heads a panel of the House Armed Services Committee, asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and intelligence chief James Clapper to investigate whether China supplied the launcher’s technology.

In a letter, Turner quoted military specialist Richard Fisher as telling him that the launcher was “very likely based on a Chinese design” and that the technology transfer would have required a green light from Beijing.

“I am sure you agree that the United States cannot permit a state such as the People’s Republic of China to support — either intentionally or by a convenient lack of attention — the ambitions of a state like North Korea to threaten the security of the American people,” the Ohio Republican wrote.

“Indeed, the possibility of such cooperation undermines the administration’s entire policy of investing China with the responsibility of getting tough on North Korea.”

China, which holds a veto on the Security Council, is the main supporter of North Korea, although it voiced misgivings over Pyongyang’s defiant rocket launch last week.

North Korea described the launch as an unsuccessful bid to put a satellite into orbit, but the United States said it was a disguised missile test.

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  • Mario_Garcia

    “I think we take them at their word,” The US has no choice but to force itself to pronounce this, were it with other smaller countries, the US must have pushed for immediate investigation and castigation.  Double standard talaga.  

  • Ben

    ..not only it is a Chinese design, it also has a condition to the North Koreans to use the missile and test it towards the Philippines or Indonesia to give us a warning….

  • Joel

    Never trust the Chinese

  • wawa2172

    The Chinese and Americans are just too powerful that they don’t keep their words and promises. They can bully anyone with the Chinese doing it to our poor nation. What else can we do but just to fight with words against the Chinese. The air power of China is too much for us as well as the navy and the army. Were simply no match and they have already invaded the country by way of economy and this without firing a single shot. Whose who in the Philippine economy, they are the Taipans, simply intsik. The shoal were there is a standoff between Philippines and China is an example oh how China could muzzle us. It is just 124 mile from Zambales and too far far away from the China. But the Chinese are playing the bully just  like a popular saying here in Mindanao…”Iyo ang titulo pero akin ang lupa”. Well we kicked out our supposed protector the US of A in Olongapo and Clark (or napaalis sila dahil kay Pinatubo?). We want to be independent but its is a bull. We need a big brother to protect us whether we like it or not else other big  nation like the expanding Chinese empire is doing will surely invade or bully us. Now my leftist friends at Bayan and other party list ano po ang masasabi natin dito? Noy, ano ang nangyari sa bisita mo sa China? Nakita nang mga intsik na pikon ka kaya ayan inaasar ka. You cannot ask De Lima and your spokesperson to protect you kung sasawayin ka nang mga instik. You don’t even respect the decision of the Supreme Court so the Chinese is giving you the dose of your own medicine of your wanting to bring the issue to the international court….that is they are covering there ears with both hands like your lawyer at the impeachment court.

  • jgl414567

    China is a communist country where there is no freedom and where the dictatorship of a few corrupt, privileged top communist party officials is the law and as such should be regarded as a pariah state and should be treated accordingly. It is the greed of governments and multinational corporations to get a share in the market in China which made this rogue communist country arrogant and violate human rights and bully other weaker countries at will if it suits its interest. 

    This country even doesn’t care about innocent lives like what is happening in Syria when it vetoed a security council resolution which would have stopped the violence. It forcibly annexed Tibet and made it part of China and murdered all those who opposed it! The world should stop pampering China with investments because if this country becomes the next no 1 superpower ( God forbid) the world will be at its mercy and darkness and evil will reign!!

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    China is probably using North Korea to hold US hostage and leave PH hanging in the air! China might be supplying parts and know-how to North Korea in its bold attempt to force the US to negotiate with China not to proceed. Of couse, China will not give-in for nothing……Chinese gunboat is now in Philippines’ water……..Are we going to fight the chinese alone?

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  • manolet

    when chinese official tell you that they are complying with the u.n resolution, look at their nose and see if it grow’s an inch……..

  • James_2012

    U.S. must learn its lesson from the Philippines.  Can’t trust the communist people, let alone a communist state!  Is the U.S. that dumb to buy communist China’s word?   

  • Rare Earthling

    “China, which holds a veto on the Security Council, is the main supporter of North Korea, although it voiced misgivings over Pyongyang’s defiant rocket launch last week.”

    Never trust the chinese.

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