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White House hails drop in Chinese trade with North Korea

White House hails drop in Chinese trade with North Korea

China and Russian supported the north during that conflict.

"We've been very pleased that China has certainly given much fuller implementation", Brian Hook, director of policy planning for U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, told reporters in Washington on Thursday.

"It will only create divisions within the global community and harm joint efforts to appropriately resolve the Korean peninsula nuclear issue", spokesman Lu Kang was quoted as telling reporters in Beijing. The latest round passed last month.

That's a fine idea, except two of the top players in the region and the countries believed to have the most influence on North Korea- China and Russian Federation - aren't invited.

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Trump has leaned heavily on China to use its economic clout to rein in North Korea, but Kim has shown no sign of halting Pyongyang's race to become a nuclear power capable of striking the United States.

"In terms of how big of an impact it (falling trade) had on North Korea, there was definitely impact because some of their products could only go to China while others could only be imported from China", said Chen Fengying, an economics expert at state-backed China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations. We'll be discussing sanctions ...

The United Nations began imposing sanctions on North Korea in 2006, but tougher measures were invoked in 2017 as tensions flared anew over the country's nuclear and missile programmes.

"If both China and Russian Federation are absent from the meeting, then the significance and the utility of the gathering will be greatly discounted", Wenran Jiang, an expert on Asian politics from the University of Alberta, said in an email.


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