Print Edition - 2017-10-24  |  Money Digest

China defends its trade with North Korea

- - AP, BEIJING

Oct 24, 2017-

China on Monday defended its growing trade with North Korea as permitted by UN Security Council sanctions that say they should avoid hurting “humanitarian needs.” China, the North’s main trading partner, “strictly implements” sanctions aimed at stopping the North’s pursuit of nuclear and missile technology, said a foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang. Customs data show Chinese exports to North Korea rose 31.4 percent in August from a year earlier, while imports fell 9.5 percent. Beijing has pointed out the sanctions don’t prohibit food sales and argued against measures that might harm the North Korean public. The Security Council barred member governments on August 5 from buying North Korean coal and seafood.

Published: 24-10-2017 08:53

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