NORTH Korea has been forced to pander to China following the growing economic and military squeeze being enforced by the world on Kim Jong-un’s regime, a congratulatory message reveals.
The timely dispatch comes during the Beijing’s 19th Congress of its Communist Party today that has praised the power in an attempt to loosen the world’s grip on Pyongyang.
The North’s ruling Workers’ Party stated that China has made “great progress in accomplishing the cause of building socialism with Chinese characteristics”.
The rouge state added that it was “greatly pleased over this” as it wished its Asian rival “satisfactory success”.
The hermit kingdom is attempting to halt the world’s stranglehold on its economy by targeting its Asian neighbour that currently accounts for more than 90 per cent of the country’s trade.
China recently announced that it will cut off imports of coal, textiles, seafood and oil shipments to the North in an attempt to show the world is serious about crippling Kim Jong-un’s expanding military programme.
This decision comes at a time the world braces itself for the possibility of another weapons test from Pyongyang that will coincide with the opening of China’s Communist Party congress.
Tensions between Beijing and North Korea have flared recently with the former reportedly discussing ways in which despot leader Kim Jong-un can be assassinated and replaced by a member of his family in a bid to quell world tensions.
Professor Malcolm Chalmers, a defence expert from the Royal United Services Institute, told Daily Star Online that China wants a North Korean regime change.
Prof Chalmers said: “China has been trying to find another member of the Kim family to replace him – which has of course enraged him.
“China are interested more in personnel change rather than regime change.”
Beijing’s adoption of a harder line against the rogue state comes after mounting pressure from Donald Trump to act.
Following the secretive states second intercontinental ballistic missile test in July, the US President blasted Beijing for doing “nothing”.
Boris Johnson has followed in Trump’s footsteps by backing other foreign ministers in a plan to impose fresh sanctions on North Korea in a bid to dismantle the country’s nuclear programme.
The Foreign Secretary detailed the effort that will dismantle vital sources of revenue that is currently being poured into Pyongyang’s weapons programme.
He said: “North Korea continues to pose an unacceptable threat to the international community, which is why the UK, working closely with our European allies, has secured a set of stringent new sanctions on the regime.
“As I have said before, the North Korean regime must bear full responsibility for the measures that the international community is enacting against it, including these sanctions.
“Maximising diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea is the most effective way to pressure Pyongyang to halt its illegal and aggressive actions.”
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in express.co.uk By Joseph Carey