Air China suspends flights to North Korea

Air China suspends flights to North Korea

Air China suspends flights to North Korea

The researchers gathered their information from announcements made on North Korean state media and were able to come up with 15 targets on North Korea's list, including the Pentagon, Tokyo and U.S. strategic sites in the Pacific Ocean.

Experts say the USA decision to put North Korea back on its terrorism blacklist will have limited practical effect, but may make a diplomatic solution of the standoff over its nuclear weapons program more hard.

The report chillingly warns: "North Korea lacks a clear distinction between the use of nuclear weapons against military targets and their use against civilian targets". Air China last cancelled flights to North Korea in April, citing low customer demand, but resumed them soon after.

New U.S. sanctions announced Tuesday against North Korea may add some substance to the symbolism, but only if China - which accounts for nearly all of North Korea's trade - decides to help.

China has been pushing what it calls a "freeze for freeze" agreement that would halt USA and South Korean large-scale military drills in return for North Korea suspending its testing and nuclear program.

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The sanctions showed the determination of the stifle trade across the Yalu or Amnok River between the Chinese city of Dandong and Sinuiju on the North Korean side.

The alliance comes as North Korea is increasingly isolated from the worldwide community as its nuclear threats against the US continue.

In the country's first public response to its return to the American blacklist, the official Korean Central News Agency said North Korea has no connection to terrorism and does not care "whether the USA puts a cap of "terrorism" on us or not".

"This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime". China, moreover, still pours oil into North Korea, fueling an economy that otherwise survives on far less efficient coal.

Some North Korea analysts argue the state sponsor of terrorism designation and new sanctions could encourage a return to testing and belligerence from Pyongyang and discourage it from entering talks. Hill said North Korea had to be returned to the list in view of such acts of terror as the assassination of Kim Jong-Un's half-brother, Kim Jong-Nam, in Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the torture and death of university student Otto Warmbier.

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