China defends imports of North Korean iron ore

China defends imports of North Korean iron ore

A Chinese government official said Thursday that China-North Korea trade was worth $2.6 billion in the first half of 2017, up about 10% over the same period previous year.

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. Iron ore is among China's biggest imports from the North after it stopped buying coal this year due to the sanctions.

Despite worldwide sanctions, North Korea has shown no signs of giving up its nuclear and missile programs.

"We hope all relevant sides can make sure that they are clear that Security Council sanctions imposed on North Korea are not comprehensive economic sanctions".

President Trump has repeatedly criticized China over its trade with North Korea, calling on it to exert more pressure on Kim Jong-un's regime.

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Tensions now are running high on the Korean Peninsula, after a year in which the North has carried out two nuclear tests and numerous ballistic missile tests despite worldwide condemnation and United Nations sanctions. But Chinese leaders are reluctant to push Pyongyang too hard for fear Kim's government might collapse.

China has friendly relations with North Korea and trades with it, a point of contention with the US. He complained that indicated Beijing was failing to do enough.

China's overall imports from North Korea fell 13% compared to the first half of 2016, said Huang Songping, a spokesman for China's customs department.

Huang said month-on-month figures showed an even sharper decline. "Trade related to DPRK people's livelihood, especially those that reflect humanitarianism should not be influenced by the sanctions".

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