Imports from N. Korea have fallen, says China

Word of the sanctions plan comes as USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley seeks to overcome resistance from China and Russian Federation to a UN Security Council resolution imposing stiffer worldwide sanctions on Pyongyang.

"We're going to go ahead and push for a strong resolution against North Korea", U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told CBS News Sunday.

North Korea's multiple missile tests in recent months, culminating with its first-ever successful launch last week of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching Alaska, has alarmed the global community and presented Trump's first major foreign policy test.

In the wake of North Korea's recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, the US has been pushing for tougher sanctions on the regime.

China's exports to North Korea rose 29.1 per cent in the first half of this year.

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Trump has complained that trade increased between the two despite calling on his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to use the nation's unique diplomatic and economic clout over North Korea as leverage.

The successful launch of Hwasong-14 "has fully demonstrated the will and capability of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to annihilate the U.S.in a single blow to the very heart of its mainland in case it fails to act with discretion", the report said, arguing the U.S.is behind the United Nations move.

US President Donald Trump has been openly expressing disappointment over China's lukewarm stance in curbing its economic trade with North Korea, which reportedly grew nearly 40 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, raising the possibility for broader secondary sanctions. Imports from North Korea are declining every month beginning March.

In both countries, large majorities expect this would happen: 91% of South Koreans expect US assistance in the event of a military conflict with North Korea, and 82% of Japanese say the same.

"China has been constantly executing the UN Security Council resolution in a comprehensive, precise, earnest and strict way", Huang said. Those imports all came before February 18, an illustration of how China has enforced sanctions, Huang said. In addition, China's imports of coal totalled 2.68 million tonnes in the first half of the year, down 74.5 per cent from the previous year. But it is especially anxious about the collapse of the regime with which it shares a border, and fears both an influx of millions of North Korean refugees and the possibility of a unified Korea with US troops again at the Yalu River. Trump tweeted on July 5.

  • Megan Austin