China told to stop oil supplies after N Korea’s missile launch

New York: The US has asked China to cut off oil supplies to North Korea or allow America to handle the oil situation themselves after Pyongyang test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile early on Wednesday.

Addressing the UN Security Council hours after the launch of the missile, US envoy Nikki Haley said President Trump called Chinese President Xi Jinping and urged him to stop supply of oil which is the main driver of North Korea’s nuclear production.

“Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled,” Trump tweeted after he called XI.

Haley urged all nations to snap diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea and isolate the country at UN by taking away its rights and privileges including voting powers.

US did not provoke North Korea. Pyongyang is trying to destabilise the region with its aggressive nuclear programme. She warned that North Korea will be destroyed if a war breaks out.

Last week, the US re-designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Hailing the successful launch of the new Hwasong-15 missile, North Korea’s KCNA news agency said the country is a responsible nuclear power and peace-loving state and it will defend peace and stability of the world.