China Warns North Korea Tensions At "Tipping Point", Russia Says "Sanctions Exhausted"

Following North Korea's firing a ballistic missile across Japan overnight, China has warned that tensions on the Korean peninsula have reacha "tipping point" and urged all sides to avoid provocations.

Seems pretty provocative to us...

As ChannelNewsAsia reports, Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying urged all sides to avoid provocations and repeated Beijing's call for the North to suspend missile tests in return for a halt to US-South Korean military exercises.

The situation is "now at a tipping point approaching a crisis. At the same time there is an opportunity to reopen peace talks," Hua told a regular news briefing.


"We hope relevant parties can consider how we can de-escalate the situation on the peninsula and realise peace and stability on the peninsula," she added.


Hua said the United States and South Korea "held one round after another of joint military exercises and they exerted military pressure on the DPRK (North Korea)".


"After so many rounds and vicious cycles, do they feel they are nearer to peaceful settlement of the issue?


"The facts have proven that pressure and sanctions cannot fundamentally solve the issue," she said, referring to UN sanctions imposed against North Korea.

China has backed the sanctions but also called for peace talks, but as Russia explains, sanctions pressure appears exhausted.

As if this was not clear enough, Russia has also stepped up its rhetoric, with Reuters noting that a senior Russian lawmaker said on Tuesday that North Korea’s latest missile test shows its threat to fire four missiles into the waters near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam was not a bluff.

“Alas, Pyongyang has demonstrated that its threats to the U.S. base on Guam are not a bluff,” Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the upper house of parliament’s international affairs committee, said on social media.


Kosachev also said that a United Nations Security Council resolution regarding North Korea’s missile program which passed this month had failed to achieve its objective, “because the situation has turned into a bilateral standoff between North Korea and the United States”.

Additionally, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who is visiting the UAE, insisted North Korea back down...

"Regarding North Korea and the missile tests it is conducting, we stick to the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council and we insist on the fact that our North Korean neighbours should fully respect those resolutions," Lavrov said.


"We base our position on these statements during discussions in the Security Council and will do the same in the session, which as far as we understand is being planned now and which will be dedicated to discussing the last missile launches from North Korea."

Finally, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov told reporters that while we can expect new sanctions pressure on the DPRK after the last launch, such pressure is exhausted..

"Judging by how colleges from the US and other countries acted in similar situations, the US allies - of course, we can expect new steps towards strengthening the sanctions regime," he said.

"But it will not solve the problems, it is already obvious that the resource of sanctions pressure on the DPRK has been exhausted."


"It is no longer possible to adopt resolutions in the UN Security Council that do not contain a clear indication that there can not be a military solution to the problem, but only a political one. A provision that would rule out additional unilateral sanctions beyond those that are collectively taken by the UN Security Council, "the Russian diplomat continued.

Either way, it appears Russia and China are pushing back to Trump to 'do something'.


Caloot serotonindumptruck Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:54 Permalink

Huge show.   Next they need to test a nuclear weapon.  This whole thing is predicated on Western Intel saying north Korea does NOT have a nuc. If they show the world they do, combined with ballistics over Tokyo, then their 'fully operational nuclear deterrent" will stop the US in it's tracks.  Over a hundred million people are risk from 2 potential attacks.   These fkrs are not a bunch of towel heads driving Jeep's through a desert, they are some of the most intelligent people on the planet and they are close to check mate. 

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World Cash Day HockeyFool Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:06 Permalink

One would presume that in any conflict North Korea would rain ballistic missiles on all the Japanese nuclear plants dotted around Japan.Destroying Japanese energy supplies, as well as sinking a few oil tankers to deprive them of energy, would surely drive the demographically imploding Japanese economy off a cliff.Forget South Korea, Japan would definitely be the Number One target.It would also force China to intervene on behalf of North Korea - the Chinese would certainly not accept Japanese troops "invading" Korea.

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MEFOBILLS Rubbish Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:51 Permalink

 fear of this mad manIs he really mad?  The war games done by U.S. and South Korea mean that NK cannot deploy manpower to harvest crops.  Wargames by the West are always done at crop harvest strategic time.  NK had people starving in their streets not long ago.During Korean war, U.S. practically razed the north, so Norks know full well what can happen to them in war.  They have vowed to never let it happen again.In recent years, neocons have shown a willingness to invade countries, such as Libya, Iraq, Syria.  Each of the leaders of these countries were targeted for death.Is it irrational to build up weapons to prevent yourself from becoming another death statistic?China needs a buffer client to keep U.S. from staging a military garrsison on Chinese border.   Powerful U.S. made x band radars are becomming deployed, which look deep into Chinese territory.  This puts China's nuclear deterrent at more risk.… with Norks is a way of installing the new radars.  A good conflict will scare everyone with the bogeyman, to then install missile defenses. Little Kim is serving as a bogey man, being duped into this role.  Aegis ashore missle defense can easily be converted to launch offensive Tomahawks, with only a software change.The Pivot to Asia is to contain CHINA.  The Pivot to Asia also relates to Afghanistan, as this territory is key to stopping silk road initiative.  The U.S. will be in Afghanistan for another 50 years.None of this stuff happens in a vacuum and the U.S. is not blameless.  The players are moving their pieces on the chessboard.Flying nork missiles over Japan now makes Japan want missile defense/offense system- especially as Japanese are opting for Aegis ashore.  Again, Aegis ashore can be converted to offense.Japan, if they wanted to, could militarize their economy and take NK.  Is there any doubt that Japan if they remilitarized would be a big change in that region?  Nobody wants that. So, little Kim did miscalculate by shooting a missile over Japan.  He did the U.S. a huge favor.  China also does not want Japan to militarize, so this NK miscalculation will backfire on Kim.  China is probably really pissed off now at norks, as they watch Japan and South Korea install new missile systems.

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Synoia MEFOBILLS Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:00 Permalink

 You said it:"The war games done by U.S. and South Korea mean that NK cannot deploy manpower to harvest crops.  Wargames by the West are always done at crop harvest strategic time."The solution is to STOP the biannnual war games. One a planting time the second at harvest time.Would you trust the US to stop the war games, even with "assurances"? 

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earleflorida DWD-MOVIE (not verified) Tue, 08/29/2017 - 19:40 Permalink

this is hillarious`iconic'ical--- the guys making $7 k a month and Kim is wagging the tail[s] of the 'Dogs of War'!lol!!!!Zionist Israel has been wagging the tail of america in the ME for 75 years and it worked Kim takes a page out of their (Zionist) playbook, and 'walla'--- the ole recycled (Chinaman) 'Samson option neutralizes the 'Three Great World Powers'----the harmless NUKE indeed makes one right hand forget what the left hand does when a red button becomes a resetfucking funnyand the money Kim is making playing the markets --- amazing are these north koreans

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Itinerant HockeyFool Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:41 Permalink

US strategy towards NK has not worked the last 72 years!Trying something different, anything, seems like a better option than continuing on the old path, but harder! Perhaps the US should just "give in" and sit down to talk with them. It seems a low risk alternative to many other options. Obliteration has already been attempted, when the US killed 3 million Koreans (population NK 9 million then) and ran out of buildings still standing to bomb. Talking has never been attempted, starting with the rebuff of the provisional government ("regime change") when US troops landed on Sept 8 1945.

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toady Cash2Riches Tue, 08/29/2017 - 13:01 Permalink

The U.S. is primarily working with China on the NK problem, but I could see a shift to Russia....Japan isn't going to be a major player, they'll be a victim this time around.I believe the U.S. has told China, go ahead and take it... make it a new province, whatever, as long as the mad dog is out.Now, imagine, they flip the script, and tell Russia,  go ahead and take it, make it a new province, whatever, as long as the mad dog is out? Kinda changes the dynamics, no?

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BitchesBetterR… Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:36 Permalink

strangling a country to the point of desperation ain't a fucking solution.  Trump- "the art of the deal maker"- should know that shit by now...Sanctions don't work shit!!!  Let the Russians & Chinese work out a solution and get the fuck out of that area!!!  stop that madness!!  

mkkby BitchesBetterR… Tue, 08/29/2017 - 19:27 Permalink

Sanctions only work against a corp controlled western country.  You threaten their profits and they force the politicians to change.  Dictators don't report to anyone, so sanctions make no sense.  Millions starve -- who gives a shit.  The powerful just pig out even more.A rabid dog must be put down.  You can try smacking him with a rolled up newspaper full of tomahawks.  But that won't work any better than sanctions, because -- once again, why should he care?The only options are take him out and watch a few million koreans die.  Or do nothing and wake up one day with a nuke heading for your mainland.  Sorry, but the koreans have to die.  They should have known better than to live within artillery range.  Same as the sad losers in Houston -- you had time to move to high ground.

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goldoverbtc Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:38 Permalink

Avoid provocations?  I would call missles across japan provocations no?  China needs to step up, sanctions aren't working.  We have backed an animal into a corner and he is fighting.  Why wait 10-20 years when he has a chance to build up his capability? 

Albertarocks goldoverbtc Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:46 Permalink

Not at all.  I'd call it a "reaction to" provocations.  I guess you didn't read what Hua from China pointed out just so we don't forget who started this: Hua said the United States and South Korea "held one round after another of joint military exercises and they exerted military pressure on the DPRK (North Korea)". "After so many rounds and vicious cycles, do they feel they are nearer to peaceful settlement of the issue? "The facts have proven that pressure and sanctions cannot fundamentally solve the issue," she said, referring to UN sanctions imposed against North Korea.


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Piranha Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:44 Permalink

to Kims defence if he wants to testfire missiles he really dont have much other choice then to send them over Japan, so far they have all landed in the ocean, no harm so far

Father ¢hristmas (not verified) Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:45 Permalink

Barzini's swag surfing on the Fredo Corleone family ass US.  Even Russia's shitting on us lol"Aw man, those misses that Kim shot off are proof we're, errr, I mean, he's, not bluffing about Guam.  Saaaay a praaaayer for peace! *giggle and swig vodka*"

michigan independant Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:50 Permalink

MAY 11, 1999 The Clinton Administration notified Congress today that it had approved the export of technology to China to permit the launching of a communications satellite aboard a Chinese rocket next month.President Clinton said in a letter to Congress that the transfer would not harm national security or significantly improve China's military capability in space. The President was required under a 1998 law to certify that all such technology exports are in the national interest.The certification was the first such notice to Congress under the law, which was passed in the aftermath of a Congressional uproar last year over the transfer of sensitive missile technology to China.I Am Jack's Complete Lack of Surprise