TOKYO, February 24. /TASS/. The United States and China have preliminarily agreed to include ban on jet fuel deliveries in their new package of sanctions against North Korea, Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday.
New expanded sanctions against Pyongyang are planned to be adopted in UN Security Council in response to North Korea’s fourth nuclear test and satellite launch. Previous UN Security Council resolutions banned Pyongyang from conducting such tests and carrying out such launches.
It was reported that at recent talks US insisted on full ban of oil deliveries to North Korea. The fuel is primarily supplied to Pyongyang by China. However, Beijing did not support this measure saying it threatens North Korea’s civilian population. In 2013 China temporarily suspended jet fuel deliveries to North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s third nuclear test.
US State Secretary John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks on Tuesday on Washington and discussed, among other matters, the situation in and around North Korea.
On February 7 North Korea announced the successful launch of the Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite into space. According to CNN, though North Korea said the launch was for scientific and "peaceful purposes" adding it plans to launch more satellites it was viewed by other nations, such as Japan and South Korea, as a front for a ballistic missile test, especially coming on the heels of North Korea's purported hydrogen bomb test last month.
North Korea previously conducted three nuclear tests: in 2006, in 2009 and in 2013. Following these tests, the United Nations Security Council imposed various sanctions on Pyongyang. In the past two years, North Korea refrained from nuclear tests limiting itself to ballistic missile launches as a response to the US-South Korea large-scale military drills.