China Offered Aid, Missiles to North Korea in Exchange for a Freeze in Nuclear Tests

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China's Communist Party adopted a secret plan in September to bolster the North Korean government with increased aid and military support, including new missiles, if Pyongyang halts further nuclear tests, according to an internal party document.

The document, labeled "top secret" and dated Sept. 15 – 12 days after North Korea's latest underground nuclear blast – outlines China's plan for dealing with the North Korean nuclear issue. It states China will allow North Korea to keep its current arsenal of nuclear weapons, contrary to Beijing's public stance that it seeks a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

Chinese leaders also agreed to offer new assurances that the North Korean government will not be allowed to collapse, and that Beijing plans to apply sanctions "symbolically" to avoid punishing the regime of leader Kim Jong-un under a recent UN resolution requiring a halt to oil and gas shipments into North Korea.

"[…] Our country, Russia, and others will absolutely not look on the chaotic situation on the Korean Peninsula without taking any action," the document reads. "So taking the factors of various aspects into comprehensive consideration, theoretically the possibility does not exist that western countries led by the United States will carry out armed provocations and even overthrow the current Korean government via military means in order to solve Korean nuclear issues."

An English translation of the document can be found here.

 

[Source: The Washington Free Beacon]

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