North Korea sends 'slaves' to Russian Federation to make money for regime

Vincent Carr
July 17, 2017

But coal imports slumped by 75%, suggesting Beijing is gradually choking off North Korea's biggest source of foreign currency.

China's Customs Administration announced Thursday that trade with the global pariah North grew 10.5 percent to $2.5 billion between January and June, with exports soaring to 29.1 percent during that period.

China stopped importing North Korean coal but total trade has risen, which prompted Trump to complain last week Beijing is failing to use its economic leverage to stop Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is sending tens of thousands of North Koreans to Russian Federation in order to carry out what is being described as slave-like labor and earn money for his regime in Pyongyang, according to Fox News.

Despite Washington's calls for action, trade between China and its neighbour increased 10.5 per cent to $2.5 billion in the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year, including a 29.1 per cent jump in exports.

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China has repeatedly said it is fully enforcing United Nations sanctions on nuclear-armed North Korea and there is nothing wrong with what it terms "normal" trade with Pyongyang, referring to areas not covered by sanctions.

Trump angrily ended his tweet: "So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!"

China insists none of its current trade with Pyongyang is in violation of global sanctions.

The new data reflects China's attempt to pull off a delicate balancing act between the USA and North Korea, where it wants to prevent the regime collapsing because it worries about what that would mean for regional stability.

The EU also said it supports South Korea's efforts to engage in a "credible and meaningful" dialogue with the North.

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