dglobalnews.com China coal imports from North Korea surge in February
Published: Mon, April 03, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

China coal imports from North Korea surge in February

The United States has determined that North Korean nationals are working as agents of Russia, China, Vietnam, and Cuba in order to provide financial support for North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

They wrote: "Even if it were true that North Korea does not yet have nuclear missiles, their "Dear Leader" could deliver an atomic bomb hidden on a freighter sailing under a false flag into a US port".

Yesterday, South Kore warned Kim is preparing for a "never before seen" nuclear bomb for its sixth explosion at its test site beneath Mount Mantap.

Another worked for a North Korean trading company in Dalian, China, the US Treasury said. President Trump is expected to discuss North Korea issues with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Florida next week.

"This is something this administration is making a priority and this is something that we absolutely expect China and Russian Federation to respond to", Haley said.

Ties between the two countries have worsened recently as North Korea continues to expand its nuclear weapons and missile programs. The North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act, introduced by lawmaker Ted Poe, cites the recent assassination of Kim Jong-nam in calling on the US State Department to decide on whether to redesignate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

"We will return home with good results so that our efforts are worth it", Yoon said at Incheon International Airport before departing for China.

Also speaking on ABC, he recalled that the United States drew up a "preemptive strike plan" in 1994 to knock out North Korea's Yongbyon reactor, during a confrontation over its nuclear program.

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Tensions have escalated over North Korean moves to accelerate its weapons development.

She said the condemnation will stand because "we can't change what they did, but we can sure change our actions in how we deal with it".

Asked what the US would do if China doesn't cooperate, Haley said: "China has to cooperate".

Its total imports from the North rose to $176.7 million in the month, up 47 percent from $119.9 million a year earlier.

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, however, said he doubted that Beijing will cooperate.

"I think North Korea's midfield and side backs lack experience, so we'll have to take advantage of that", he said.

"It's likely that they're trying to make a device small enough to achieve their goal of putting a nuclear warhead on a long-range missile", Wolfsthal said.

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