China rebuffs U.S. demand to cut off oil exports to North Korea

China rebuffs U.S. demand to cut off oil exports to North Korea

Tiankai also said that Washington should immediately stop putting pressure on Beijing over the issue.

China rebuffed USA demands to cut off oil exports to North Korea as a way to dissuade Kim Jong-Un's regime from pursuing nuclear weapons, saying instead it was American leaders who needed to tone down their rhetoric and come to the negotiating table.

"They should refrain from issuing more threats".

After US President Donald Trump called Washington's options in dealing with North Korea "effective and overwhelming", China's ambassador to the US urged that the Trump administration avoid making additional threats against the isolated state. Asked what specifically the US should do, Cui said "they should refrain from issuing more threats" and "do more to find an effective way to resume dialogue and negotiation".

China and Russian Federation on September 15 rejected a call from the United States to take more "direct actions" to deter North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, and said it is up to Washington to defuse the threat through negotiations, Radio Free Europe reports. "I am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming", Trump said. America and our allies will never be intimidated. "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has one again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours, and the entire world community", Trump added.

North Korea has threatened to sink Japan and reduce the USA to "ashes and darkness" for leading the latest UN Security Council sanctions imposed on the country.

The missile launch came days after the UNSC unanimously adopted a new set of sanctions against the North for its sixth and most powerful nuclear denotation test on September 3.

Meanwhile, China has warned the United States and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on threats and actions, and work towards a peaceful resolution of their dispute.