Friday, 15 December, 2017

China says upholds United Nations sanctions as North Korea trade rises

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Since taking office in January, Trump has vowed to press Beijing, North Korea's only major ally and largest trade partner, to do more to curb the reclusive regime's weapons programs.

Despite rounds of worldwide sanctions on Pyongyang, North Korea's trade deficit with China has risen to its highest level.

The 68-year-old had come under fire for driving under the influence of alcohol in 1991 and for playing golf in his post-retirement years on anniversaries of such national tragedies as the sinking of the Cheonan warship and North Korea's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island.

China's imports from North Korea have seen a drastic drop in the past four months and it "has strictly abided" by United Nations Security Council resolutions, a customs official said. Imports have fallen since March, when they declined 36.5 percent, he said. "Trade related to DPRK people's livelihood, especially those that reflect humanitarianism should not be influenced by the sanctions", Huang said. By comparison, imports of coal alone were worth $97.6 million just in the month of February.

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The timing and scope of the USA action will depend heavily on how China responds to pressure for tougher steps against North Korea when US and Chinese officials meet for a high-level economic dialogue in Washington Wednesday, the administration sources told Reuters.

China's imports of coal totaled 2.68 million tons in the first half of the year, down 74.5 percent from the previous year. North Korean men who try to leave are likely to be rapidly identified as absent by their work units.

Trump acknowledged as much at a July 12 press availability held aboard Air Force One on the way to France to celebrate Bastille Day.

China's exports to North Korea increased by 29.1 percent in the same period, but Huang said that was mainly driven by traditional labor-intensive commodities such as textiles, which are outside the embargo lists.

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