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

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

U.S. President Donald Trump said on July 5 that China hadn't done enough to pressure its neighbor, after Pyongyang successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

The overall rise in trade has been driven by China's exports to North Korea, which were up by almost 30% in the first half of the year.

The Trump administration has already slapped sanctions on two Chinese citizens and shipping firms accused of partnering up with Pyongyang while designating the Bank of Dandong as a money laundering concern.

The UN and the USA have attempted to use sanctions for the past decade in an attempt to stem North Korea's nuclear weapons development, but the latest July 4 test, which demonstrated a significant advance in its capabilities, have forced global bodies to reconsider their response going forward.

US President Donald Trump claimed in a tweet this month that China-North Korea trade in the first quarter "grew nearly 40 percent".




China is nervous about a nuclear armed North Korea. "It's not like, oh, gee, you just do whatever we say", Trump said.

Sanctions are also the measure with the greatest potential to rankle Beijing, which considers unilateral sanctions a violation of national sovereignty and fears the economic disruption that sanctions might cause.

"North Korea's Kim Jong-un regime is conducting nuclear experiments and developing various kinds of missile technology, threatening not only the Korean Peninsula but the entire world's peace and security", he said.

The US Congress is pushing for a bill meant to block companies with North Korea ties from using the American financial system amid growing calls for secondary sanctions against entities in China and elsewhere that may assist with Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

"Make no mistake, the Security Council's sanctions on [North Korea] can not be equated with all-encompassing economic sanctions".