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The U.S. And South Korea Wants North Korea To Pay A High Price For Its Nuclear Test, Pushing For Tougher Sanctions

By January 21, 2016 at 8:12 am
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Officials of the U.S. and South Korea have vowed to make North Korea pay a high price for its recent nuclear test, according to a report from The Economic Times.

An official from the U.S. is in South Korea to push for tougher sanctions.

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is in South Korea on Wednesday in a diplomatic push to produce tougher sanctions for the North.

The Orange County Register reports that Blinken is in South Korea to meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.

"We couldn't agree more on the need for a very clear and very strong international response," Blinken said during the meeting.

Blinken also said that Seoul and Washington are working closely in New York with the United Nations Security Council.

Yun adds that it is time for the international committee to stay united  and make North Korea face the consequences of its actions.

"This is North Korea versus international community," he said.

The key to achieving that, though, is whether China, North Korea's last major ally and veto-wielding UN council member, will join in imposing any harsh punishment on the North.

The New York Times adds that Blinken said China plays an important role in what they are trying to achieve.

"We believe that China has a special role to play given the special relationship that it has with North Korea," he said.

He also said that Beijing has "more influential leverage" over Pyongyang than any other country due to most of the North's trade goes from, to, or through China.

China is expected to participate some of The U.N.'s sanctions but won't likely go as far as to take steps that could possibly lead to the collapse of North Korea's government.

Analysts are saying that China is fearing the wave of refugees and violence surging across the border.

Blinken flew to Beijing on Wednesday for talks about North Korea.

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