Chinese Customs reports imports drop from North Korea

Vincent Carr
July 16, 2017

China is North Korea's only major diplomatic ally and economic partner, and the US and others have called on Beijing to use whatever leverage it has to pressure North Korea into curbing nuclear tests and missile launches that violate United Nations sanctions.

North Korea today lashed out at a live-fire drill the USA and South Korea staged in a show of force against Pyongyang, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the "tipping point" of nuclear war. The only realistic hope for a relatively bloodless resolution is for the US and China to act together to impose an air- sea-land quarantine on North Korea, cutting off all imports until the beloved leader is overthrown by coup or popular revolt or he agrees to a USA - verified permanent disarmament.

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.

That means North Korea is on the verge of creating a truly intercontinental nuclear threat: "Missiles of this scale are nearly always equipped with nuclear warheads", he said. In any case, an objective overview of the situation leads one to question the Mainstream Media narrative that North Korea is the only provocative actor in Northeast Asia, since there are more than enough grounds to solidly argue that the United States is playing a similarly destabilizing role as well.

By contrast, South Korea's population now stands at over 50 million, according to government statistics. In other words, he said, it would intermittently use its enormous leverage in ways that could incrementally stall or hinder North Korea, but would stop short of anything likely to bring down the regime. But Huang said the total trade figure in the first six months was US$2.55 billion, an increase of 10.5 percent.

Cover: A woman in traditional dress invites customers to a North Korean restaurant on the banks of the Yalu River in Dandong, China's Liaoning province, March 30, 2017.

"China customs have all along fully, accurately, conscientiously and strictly enforced relevant Security Council resolutions".

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Schilling estimated that North Korea could have around 20 nuclear warheads that could be used on such a missile, "but there is substantial uncertainty on that", he said.

Understandably, many in the USA and throughout the world are advising caution.

"He wants to be able to directly threaten the United States", said Karp.

"North Korea, one of the world's worst human rights abusers, is continuing to expand its nuclear and ballistic missile threats against the American homeland and our allies", said Rubio.

Schilling said North Korea still faces many engineering challenges before the Hwasong-14 can be an effective weapon, particularly when it comes to ensuring that the missiles can function under the haste and uncertainty of combat conditions.

Trade between China and North Korea has declined in both 2015 and 2016, a senior government-backed academic said in a front-page comment in the overseas edition of the official People's Daily on Wednesday. The window for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula is "closed", says Jeffrey Lewis at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, "the threat can be managed only by "accepting the unacceptable" as a hard fact of life". First of all, Trump could not convince the press of anything.

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