Rice: U.S. won’t dictate how to punish N. Korea
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In China, officials with four commercial banks said they have stopped moving funds in and out of North Korea, The Wall Street Journal Asia reported on its Web site Thursday, and one of the officials cited a ban ordered by Chinese regulators. A senior U.S. official confirmed that the Chinese were taking “unusual measures” against the North Koreans in their banking system but would not elaborate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Rice had not yet discussed the issue with her Chinese counterparts. Rice is on a crisis mission to Asia to reinforce the sanctions and reassure jittery allies of U.S. support. But she played down differences over how to confront Pyongyang, and left U.S. expectations vague. “I did not come to South Korea nor will I go anyplace else to try to dictate to governments what they ought to do” to enforce the U.N. mandate, Rice said at a news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon. Ban said Seoul will review the terms of economic projects it has undertaken with the North “in harmony and in line with the U.N. Security Council resolution and international demands,” but he made no promises. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEOUL, South Korea – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that she would not try to dictate how U.S. allies enforce sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear program, and there were signs South Korea wouldn’t quickly embrace Washington’s approach. “The key is to live up to the obligation that all of us undertook” to bar North Korea from exporting nuclear technology or receiving overseas help for its nuclear program, Rice said after meetings with South Korea’s president and top diplomat. South Korea and China are the communist North’s closest neighbors and trading partners, accounting for two-thirds of its foreign commerce. Both nations pledged to carry out U.N. restrictions approved after North Korea’s Oct. 9 test explosion of a small nuclear device, but they have hedged on details. Rice visits Chinese leaders today in Beijing.