Trump Wants China to Pay for Failing to Stop North Korea

Trump Wants China to Pay for Failing to Stop North Korea

After Trump publicly pressed Beijing to rein in economic support for the rogue regime, trade between China and North Korea grew more than 37 percent in the first quarter, a statistic available in April but which Trump didn't publicly acknowledge until last week.

The timing and scope of the sanctions would depend on how China responds to calls for tougher steps against North Korea. The data will add to President Trump's demands that President Xi do more to pressure Kim Jong-un into abandoning his nuclear missile programme.

China announced in February the suspension of coal imports from the North, striking a blow at a major source of income for the hermit state.

The fresh and potential sanctions could target "low-hanging fruit", or smaller institutions rather than any of China's bigger banks, but the breadth of and when the sanctions are put in place will be contingent on talks between the USA and China Wednesday, administration sources told Reuters.

Notably, China Customs said its first-half coal and iron ore imports from North Korea were in line with U.N. Security Council resolutions.

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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.

Geng: China and North Korea are neighbors, the two countries maintain normal trade and commerce dealings.

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.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Chinese exports of iron to North Korea for civilian purposes do not relate to the sanctions targeting Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, and China will continue implementing the resolutions "in an all-out manner".

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