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Is China Still a Viable Mediator to Solve the North Korean Nuclear Problem?

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Author(s): Eunsook Yang

Journal: UNISCI Discussion Papers
ISSN 1696-2206

Issue: 12;
Start page: 173;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: North Korea | South Korea | People’s Republic of China | United States | nuclear weapons

ABSTRACT
China joined the UN resolution calling for economic sanctions on North Korea in protest of its missile launch on July 5th and nuclear test on October 9th. This position was in quite contrast to China’s past opposition to sanctions on North Korea. China would not alter its principles in relations with North Korea due to its own security interests on the Korean Peninsula. However, China was obliged to assume a mediator role in the international community and give its problematic ally North Korea a lesson.
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