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North Korea, US conflict can spark 'all-out war,' Gen. Keane says

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Nicole Thomas | 15 July, 2017, 01:42

"Trade related to the people's livelihood in the North Korea, especially those that embody humanitarian principles, should not be affected by sanctions".

I also support increasing sanctions against China and Chinese companies that support the Kim regime.

North Korean state media is criticizing the US after two B-1 bombers buzzed the Korean peninsula Saturday in a show of force following the announcement that North Korea had successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile.

While President Trump has said an armed conflict is not out of the question, Keane said the Trump administration would apply "maximum pressure" on China and others to stop conducting business with North Korea.

China's exports to North Korea rose 29.1% in the first half of the year, with total trade with Pyongyang growing 10.5% to $2.55 billion.

China's overall imports from North Korea fell 13% compared to the first half of 2016, said Huang Songping, a spokesman for China's customs department. The exports were largely driven by textile products and other traditional labour-intensive goods not included on the United Nations embargo list, Mr Huang said. "My bipartisan legislation gives those that now conduct trade with North Korea a clear choice - either do business with this heinous outlaw regime or do business with the world's leading economic and military power".

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The official further noted the Philippines' robust relationship with the US, Russia, China Japan as well as a major trading partner of South Korea.

Imports from the North declined 36.5 per cent in March, he said.

Since the July 4 ballistic missile test, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has been pushing for fresh measures that may include further curbs on China's trade with North Korea.

China has slashed imports of coal from North Korea even as overall trade between the countries continues to rise.

China's Foreign Ministry this week urged a halt to what it called the "China responsibility theory" on North Korea, saying all parties needed to pull their weight.

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