CHINA announced a date yesterday to end imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other goods in three weeks under UN sanctions imposed over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes.
Beijing has become progressively frustrated with Pyongyang and supported a UN security council ban on August 5 on coal and other key goods.
The Chinese customs agency said that it will stop processing imports of North Korean coal, iron and lead ores and fish at midnight on September 5.
“After that, entry of these goods will be prohibited,” it declared.
The announcement follows an escalating verbal exchange between Washington and Pyongyang, with President Trump declaring that the US military is “locked and loaded,” while North Korea threatened to fi re four missiles into waters near the US possession of Guam.
China stopped importing North Korean coal in February, but total trade has risen.
North Korean exports to China, including clothing, knitwear and plastic rain ponchos, appear unaffected by the latest sanctions. Chinese leaders oppose blocking all trade with the North for fear of causing widespread hunger.
US Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford said in Seoul yesterday that the US wants a peaceful resolution but is also ready use the “full range” of its military capabilities.
North Korean imports of Chinese oil, consumer goods and other products rose 36.7 per cent in the first half of this year to 1.1 billion yuan, according to Chinese customs data, with Chinese imports from the North falling 7.6 per cent in the same period to 611 million yuan.