China to cut oil exports, ban textile imports from North Korea

Monday, 25 Sep, 2017

News comes as USA ordered new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program.

The announcement comes at a time of particular tension in which top leaders of USA and North Korea do not stop throwing threats and insults increasingly bombastic. The big questions are how and when it will be used.

He added: "The one thing you hold that they have no control over".

The quake came at the end of a week that saw a blistering war of words between Kim and Trump, with the U.S. leader using his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly to warn that Washington would "totally destroy" the North if America or its allies were threatened.

"We urge the DPRK not to go further along a risky direction", Wang said, referring to North Korea by the acronym of its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"The North has a long track record of manufacturing and selling drugs overseas and it is a convenient fallback for the regime to ratchet up production when sanctions are stepped up and it is harder for them to export legitimate goods", said Stephen Nagy, a senior associate professor of worldwide relations at Tokyo's global Christian University. Independent reports in its article Russian Federation could be America's greatest ally against North Korea that Moscow may have less direct influence with Pyongyang than does Beijing, but it evokes far less nationalistic resentment and suspicion among North Koreans.

China has repeatedly called for peace talks, suggesting that Pyongyang halt its nuclear activities in return for the United States suspending military drills in the region.

That's where the new powers Trump gave Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin come in.

North Korea has launched 15 missiles in 22 tests in 2017. "This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options". US dollars are the lifeblood of the global financial system and banks operating internationally need easy access to them.

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Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the USA and North Korea closer to actual war?

The executive order that Trump signed Thursday is likely to have set off alarm bells around the globe.

"Negotiation is the only way out, and deserves every effort".

Though the confiscation of passports and restriction of movement of North Korean workers overseas have led them to be depicted as "slave labor" in the mainstream media, there is nonetheless competition among North Koreans for these jobs.

In recent months, much attention has been paid to the commercial and financial ties between China and North Korea.

Those measures did not go far enough for Trump.

"The DPRK has grown accustomed to the hostile sanctions regime for decades".

Banks that may have previously looked the other way now have a strong incentive to pay close attention or risk severe punishment. Returning workers typically invest their earnings and bring back goods for sale in North Korean markets, thus fueling a process of grass-roots marketization and the rise of an entrepreneurial class. "So as of now, we are categorising this as a natural quake". The U.S. government and its military are well aware that any military action would be very unsafe.

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