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US Senators push for sanctions against those doing business with North Korea

US Senators push for sanctions against those doing business with North Korea

During a press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump complimented his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, but said he could do more to help with the situation in North Korea.

But in recent weeks, Trump has fired off tweets denouncing China's trade with North Korea and cast doubt on whether Beijing was doing enough to counter Pyongyang. Almost two-thirds of Americans (64%) say the US should use military force to defend its allies in Asia in the event that they get into a serious military conflict with North Korea.

It is also possible that the United States will introduce strengthened unilateral sanctions on North Korea as it becomes clear that China and Russian Federation will veto further UNSC sanctions.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said China's cooperation on North Korea was "uneven" when he spoke to lawmakers last month, saying US officials were concerned about actions by both the government and other entities in China.

Chinese customs spokesman Huang Songping stated, "As neighbors, China and North Korea maintain a normal business and trade exchanges".

While a further tightening of United Nations sanctions could jeopardize that trade, for now the North Koreans stand to benefit as Chinese state-owned enterprises saddled with debts look for affordable raw materials. But Huang said the total trade figure in the first six months was US$2.55 billion, an increase of 10.5 percent.

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China is buying less from North Korea as it implements United Nations sanctions aimed at reining in the nuclear ambitions of Mr Kim Jong Un, according to a Chinese Customs official. They focus more on doing military exercises ignoring China's proposition, hence, worsening the situation.

UN Security Council Resolution 2270, approved in March 2016, included a ban on all exports of materials like coal, iron and iron ore from North Korea.

The radar capable of tracking unmanned aerial vehicles from North Korea would be used for local air defense, and will enter mass production for deployment in 2018, South Korean news service Newsis reported.

North Korea on Friday threatened to take "corresponding measures" if the UN Security Council adopts another sanctions resolution in response to the country's test-launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, ICBM, on July 4.

"Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40 percent in the first quarter", Trump tweeted on July 5.

Pyongyang's state media said last week's test successfully verified the atmospheric re-entry of the warhead loaded on the test-launched missile, which experts fear may be able to reach Alaska.

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