CIA Says China Can Do More Over North Korea

Oct 6, 2017

According to a top CIA official for the agency’s East Asia Mission Center, China can do more to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Michael Collins said, "It's clear the Chinese want to maintain influence with this regime and are probably worried about undercutting that if they pull all of their support away from North Korea.” "Their challenge, in my view, is to … assess the extent of support they provide to North Korea and to what extent that encourages North Korean behavior." 90 percent of North Korea’s exports go through China, making China’s cooperation important in the enforcement of sanctions. All of North Korea’s oil imports come from China which gives China great leverage over North Korea’s regime. "China's calculation as to what to do on North Korea is not determined solely, if at all, by North Korean behavior. It's that they worry what will happen in response to North Korean behavior,” said Collins.