To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to his oral contribution of 5 September 2017, Official Report, column 87, what recent discussions he has made to his counterpart in China on the implementation by that country of UN sanctions on North Korea; and what specific steps he has urged the Chinese Government to take to improve the implementation of sanctions.
I spoke with my Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on 4 August and then again on 1 September to urge China to use its influence on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) regime and implement sanctions fully. I welcome China's condemnation of North Korea's activity and its support for the UN Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs) imposing sanctions on DPRK, including the most recent, UNSCR 2375. As I said in my statement to Parliament on 5 September, China has a unique ability to influence the regime. It is important that they take every measure to fully enforce these latest sanctions and that they use their influence to restrain North Korea and guide its leaders towards a peaceful resolution.