China's trade with North Korea plunges as sanctions tighten


On Friday, China reported a 50 percent decrease in trade with North Korea in December, according to news reports, indicating the effect of recent United Nations sanctions against the regime.

"The meeting will bring together nations from across the globe to demonstrate global solidarity against 's risky and illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programs", the department said in a statement Thursday.

He also said China and Russian Federation, which have not been invited, will be briefed on the discussions after the meeting.

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While Chinese exports to North Korea increased in 2017 by 8.3 percent, imports slumped 33 percent from the year earlier, Market Watch reports.

"Trump Administration is pleased that China is sharply reducing its trade with North Korea", the White House said in a statement. The U.S. sees cutting off North Korea's economic ties with China - the country's dominant trading partner - as essential to forcing Kim back to the negotiating table. "They are doing a better job of implementing the U.N. Security Council resolutions".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will head to Canada next week to co-host a meeting of high-level worldwide diplomats focused on expressing solidarity against 's ongoing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile provocations. The latest round passed last month. The official said Canada never got to the "juncture" of inviting China to the actual summit because there was an awareness that Chinese views on the way to move forward are different than those in North America.

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Vice President Mike Pence will lead the official USA delegation.

North Korea recently reinitiated contact with South Korea by agreeing to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held east of Seoul in February.

"The South also delivered a document presenting its position regarding the North's participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics and matters on cultural events", the ministry added.

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