What is the reason for Kim Jong Il's China visit? (2)

16:37, May 13, 2010      

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Kim's visit to China, which closely followed Lee's, irritated many South Koreans. In their view, China stood with DPRK and was in a standoff with the South. Although China repeatedly made it clear that Kim's visit had nothing to do with the sunken vessel, the China-South Korea riff has given DPRK another point and made the vessel incident more mysterious.

The U.N. Security Council passed the Resolution 1874 imposing political and economic sanctions on DPRK in response to the country's second nuclear test in May last year. The economic sanctions included restriction on arms trade, prevention of capital flow into DPRK for the development of missile and nuclear arms.

Political sanctions called for the member states, in addition to implementing their obligations pursuant to Resolution 1718 (2006), to prevent the provision of financial services or persons or financial institutions in their territory that could contribute to DPRK's nuclear-related activities. DPRK never stopped calling for the end of the sanctions and Kim's visit to China with many key figures this time, beyond doubt, was part of the endeavor.

DPRK is still one of the poorest countries in the world. Humanitarian aid to the country has become harder and harder following its repeated nuclear tests. Food and chemical fertilizers are something badly needed in DPRK, considering the food shortages in spring days. It is Kim's main purpose to seek food and capital aid from China, and to push forward economic cooperation in large projects. And, he made it.

By People's Daily Online

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