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Chinese Military Denies Setting Up Hotline on North Korea With US

27 December 2017, 02:00 | Marta Robbins

Chinese Military Denies Setting Up Hotline on North Korea With US

Chinese Military Denies Setting Up Hotline on North Korea With US

The goal of this line of communication was allegedly aiming to exchange information on North Korea in line with an agreement reached in November between US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

According to those sources, Trump and Xi talked for about an hour and a half on November 9 with only close associates in attendance.

On Sunday, North Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement the sanctions are tantamount to a "complete economic blockade" of North Korea. Much of the discussion centered on North Korea.

The isolated North has made major strides this year in its nuclear weapons program but has also faced increasingly tough United Nations sanctions.

The UN Security Council on Friday slapped new sanctions on North Korea that will restrict oil supplies vital for its missile and nuclear programmes, the latest response to Pyongyang's ICBM test last month.

Chinese People's Liberation Army's Northern Theater Command has not established a line of communication with United States forces in South Korea, the Global Times newspaper reported Tuesday, citing its sources.

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"Re-entry is a question North Korea must solve to boost its negotiating leverage and for its military and technological purposes", Shin Beom-chul, a security analyst, said in a report published over the weekend by the government-run Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security in Seoul.

That command would be in charge of dealing with any military contingency in North Korea.

"If the USA wishes to live safely, it must abandon its hostile policy towards the DPRK and learn to co-exist with the country that has nuclear weapons and should wake up from its pipe dream of our country giving up nuclear weapons which we have developed and completed through all kinds of hardships", said the statement, carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

North Korea's official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

At the same time, the cooperative relationship between the United States and China would depend on sufficient implementation of sanctions against North Korea and the sharing of intelligence.

"It was underlined that it is necessary to move from the language of sanctions to the negotiating process as soon as possible", the statement said, adding that it was Tillerson who initiated the call.

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