China maintains non-sanctioned trade with North Korea, says FM

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 14, 2017

China insists none of its current trade with Pyongyang is in violation of worldwide sanctions.

The U.S. has been trying to get China and Russian Federation to back a new UN Security Council resolution imposing stiffer sanctions on North Korea following its latest missile test.

U.S. President Donald Trump condemned the trade relationship between the two Asian nations and is now questioning whether Beijing is really doing its part on neutralizing North Korean threat.

The Chinese General Administration of Customs denied the insinuation, saying that bilateral trade had grown by 10.5 percent in the first half of 2017 and that the growth was prompted mainly by Chinese export products to the DPRK not included in the sanction list, such as textiles. China backed tougher United Nations sanctions previous year on North Korea's coal exports, while ensuring an exemption for "humanitarian" needs. "We must take every diplomatic and economic measure now to stop North Korea and to prevent nuclear war".

"... Security Council sanctions against the DPRK do not constitute an embargo", said Ambassador Cui, at the 7th U.S.

But the Trump administration's patience grew even thinner last week after Pyongyang conducted its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile believed to be capable of striking the U.S.

Pelosi said that she's concerned about North Korea for many reasons, but one of them is that the North could be a proliferator.

The decline follows China's decision in February to ban all imports of North Korean coal.

"With its latest successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, North Korea has demonstrated intent and capability to hit the USA homeland - and as President Trump said, we must never allow this to happen", said Gardner who chairs the Senate East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Subcommittee. Experts also say that even though the US has a deficit in goods trade, the country has enjoyed surpluses in services trade under the deal, and USA deficits in goods trade would have been larger had it not been for the pact. The data will add to President Trump's demands that President Xi do more to pressure Kim Jong-un into abandoning his nuclear missile programme.

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