North Korea the ‘major threat to humankind’ right now, top US diplomat says

North Korea may be the most important threat to humankind now and China and the U.S. can end it, the U.S. ambassador to China informed CNBC.

“What’s occurring with (North Korea’s) illegitimate and aggressive expansion of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles … This can be a biggest danger to humankind right now,” Ambassador Terry Branstad informed CNBC in Beijing on Wednesday.

While U.S. Ambassador Branstad praised China for adopting US Protection Council motions for extra sanctions to become imposed on North Korea, following just one more ballistic missile test by the nation the other day, he said extra could be done.

“I want to compliment the Chinese for the alterations they’ve manufactured in the last three months, they’ve supported both of the resolutions passed by the US Protection Council and I really believe they’re spending so much time to enforce the sanctions,” he said.

“But I think there’s still more that should be done. We need to keep on working jointly and we share the conviction that we need to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, and China and America can take up an integral role in dealing with the rest of the world.”

Branstad’s feedback come after relations between China and the U.S. appeared to thaw carrying out a high-profile go to by President Donald Trump to the Asian superpower in November.

The visit came amid rising diplomatic tensions surrounding the Korean Peninsula and a war of words between the U.S. and North Korea over the Communist regime’s missile launches and nuclear weapons development.

North Korea offers repeatedly defied international sanctions and warnings never to continue ballistic missile launches and assessments of nuclear weapons.

China is stuck in the middle as it is a traditional ally of North Korea, is its most significant trading partner and wouldn’t normally like to see regime transformation in North Korea. But it also wants to preserve stability in the region and has sick and tired of its bellicose neighbor’s repeated defiance of warnings to stop its missile tests.

Branstad echoed Trump’s feedback that China should cut off its strength exports to North Korea to find the regime’s attention.

“Oil is certainly one of the things that we believe economically could get their (North Korea’s) interest, and getting their interest is what we need to do to convince them that the training they’re on is normally a destructive course that is not going to bring about protecting North Korea’s pursuits but one that will led to their demise,” he said.

“They need to get back to the bargaining desk by saying they’ll not conduct any longer missile launches or nuclear assessments and thereby there’s an opportunity to try to come up with a diplomatic solution to the dangerous problem,” he warned.

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