Now, China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea under UN sanctions
China, the North’s only major ally and diplomatic protector, steps up pressure on Pyongyang over its pursuit of nuclear and missile technology.Updated: Sep 23, 2017 08:51 IST
The Commerce Ministry said Saturday that China, the North’s main trading partner and energy supplier, will limit supplies of refined petroleum products starting October 1. It said Beijing also will ban imports of North Korean textiles, one of Pyongyang’s last major sources of foreign revenue following repeated rounds of UN sanctions.
China has long been the North’s only major ally and diplomatic protector but is expressing increasing frustration with the government of Kim Jong Un. Beijing’s status as the North’s main trading partner makes its cooperation critical to the success of economic sanctions.
First Published: Sep 23, 2017 08:40 IST