dglobalnews.com China says upholds United Nations sanctions as North Korea trade rises
Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

China says upholds United Nations sanctions as North Korea trade rises

China says upholds United Nations sanctions as North Korea trade rises

Tensions rose after North Korea's test this month of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States mainland.

Government spokesman Norio Maruyama said: "This is not a time for dialogue, it is a time for pressure".

A policeman salutes at a junction featuring a portrait of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, April 11, 2012.

North Korea launched a nuclear-capable ICBM this month - a threat Japan described today as a "new level".

"Simple accumulated data can not be used as evidence to question China's severe attitude in carrying out UN Security Council resolutions", Huang told a news briefing.

According to Fox News, the Data Base Centre for North Korean Human Rights, which is based in Seoul, has reported that about 50,000 North Koreans have been sent to Russian Federation in order to make money for the regime in Pyongyang.

Autonomous restrictive measures amount to sanctions separate from those called for by the UN Security Council.

North Korea gets most of its fuel from China, with some coming from Russian Federation.

Huang said coal imports dropped by three-quarters in the first half, and all those shipments had been made before February 18.

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But foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said United Nations resolution 2321 allows imports of iron and iron ore if the income is for the livelihood of civilians.

The island nation warned the time for talking is now over and called on the world to place a stranglehold around North Korea. "We have to put pressure on China", he said.

"Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40 percent in the first quarter".

The price of gasoline sold by private dealers in Pyongyang and the northern border cities of Sinuiju and Hyesan jumped to $2.18 per kg ($2.92 per litre) as of July 5, up 50 percent from $1.46 per kg on June 21, according to Reuters analysis of data collected by the Daily NK website.

Experts say an extended cut by China would threaten critical supplies of gasoline and diesel and force North Korea to find alternative sources of refined fuel products.

Previous Chinese customs data showed two-way trade with the North had risen 30.6 percent in dollar terms in the first three months of the year.

She told the Security Council last week that the USA planned a new resolution that would also ensure existing measures are enforced.

The American news agency cited a human rights organization based in South Korea, which claims that there are about 50,000 North Koreans in Russian Federation who are being exploited by their government.

"We will discuss with ministers what more we can do to facilitate a solution that, in our view, cannot be but a diplomatic and political one, " Ms. Mogherini said ahead of Monday's discussions.

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