The Chinese customs department released figures showing a 29 percent spike in Chinese exports to North Korea.
Correction: This story was updated following Reuters' disclosure of the correct percentage by which trade increased.
"Recently, certain people, talking about the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, have been exaggerating and giving prominence to the so-called 'China responsibility theory, '" Geng told a daily news briefing.
"If [the leadership] issues an order, our military will destroy the United States imperialists with salvos of firings", the spokesman said.
"If the Iranians and North Koreans use satellite navigation systems (such as GPS) onboard their CRBMs, then the miss distance of these CRBMs could be reduced to tens of meters", it said.
For Xiao Ren, the director of the Centre for the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy at Fudan University, North Korea established the program primarily to safeguard its security. "In February, China announced that it would stop [the importation] of coal from North Korea - which was a significant step, because it will reduce North Korea's foreign exchange income".
That means that North Korea's irrational, anti-American leader Kim Jong Un is well on his way, if not already there, to having inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could reach Alaska, Hawaii and probably cities on our West Coast. Inter-Korean cooperation and aid have come to a full stop over the last nine years under the conservative governments and global sanctions following North Korea's deadly attacks to South Korea and missile and nuclear tests.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said last week that Washington would draft a United Nations Security Council resolution to propose new sanctions on North Korea. Chinese exports to the North were mainly consumer goods such as textiles, which aren't on the list of sanctioned items, the spokesman said.
"UN Security Council sanctions are not a total ban on shipments".
"If the Japanese go nuclear", he says.
Pelosi said her concerns about the North's proliferation deepened after a trip to the North many years ago.
But for the North Koreans, he says, "the top priority has been regime survival".
The UN sanctions allow trade in items considered "exclusively for livelihood purposes".
North Korea would be making serious miscalculations, however, because the United States will not be deterred from pushing back against Pyongyang, and it will not back down in an escalating crisis, even if its homeland is at stake.
The administration has yet to see what it considers a sufficient response from China. In view of past experience, it has taken successively more and more time to garner the support of China and Russian Federation in strengthening sanctions against the North.
Moon has called for dialogue with the North under the right circumstances. If China were to cut off supplies, "it would be economically disastrous", he said.
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