China’s foreign ministry has said the international community could consider lifting economic sanctions on North Korea after the agreement signed by Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump in Singapore, according to Reuters.
The comment by Chinese officials suggests the US policy of “maximum pressure” is already showing signs of cracking.
China represents more than 90% of Pyongyang’s trade and is in a position to provide much-needed relief for the isolated regime.
There are already reports that Kim’s charm offensive has led China to relax restrictions on trade with the North, violating United Nations sanctions.
This has come without substantial concessions from Pyongyang, despite a promise from the White House that “maximum pressure” would endure until North Korearelinquishes its nuclear weapons.
At a press conference after the summit, Trump thanked the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, for implementing sanctions.
“He really closed up that border … but maybe not in the last couple of months but that’s OK,” the president said.