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China confirms will limit oil exports to North Korea

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China will limit exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting October 1, its commerce ministry said, confirming Beijing’s participation in new UN sanctions intended to rein in its rogue neighbour.

The United Nations Security Council, including permanent member Beijing, approved tough sanctions against Pyongyang last week in response to its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

Washington had initially sought a full oil embargo, but softened its stance to secure backing from Russia and China — the North’s sole ally and main trading partner, responsible for around 90 percent of its commerce.

In a statement posted to its website late Friday night, the ministry reiterated the terms of the latest resolution, writing that UN member states would not export more than 500,000 barrels of refined petroleum products to the North in the final three months of 2017, and 2 million annually starting next year.

‘Chinese government authorities will issue a notice based on the export situation when approaching the upper limit, and from that date implement a prohibition on exports of refined oil products to North Korea for the year,’ it said.

It added that China has issued a ‘comprehensive ban on imported textiles’ from North Korea, reiterating another clause of the new sanctions that prohibits trade in both fabric and clothing.

Experts say this move could cut off a major source of foreign currency for Pyongyang, as textiles are one of country’s major exports, estimated by IHS Markit analysts to value $750 million.

China supplies materials to the North, where they are made into clothing in factories using cheap labour, and often re-exported to China.

The announcement follows days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un’s regime, which has raised international alarm.

The US has accused Beijing of not doing enough to pressure Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear programme.

China halted iron, iron ore and seafood imports after the previous round of sanctions against North Korea in August.

But Beijing fears pressuring Kim’s regime into collapse, triggering a flood of refugees across its border and eliminating a strategic buffer separating China from the US military in South Korea.

Beijing has condemned the North’s missile tests, but hopes to resolve the nuclear crisis through diplomatic means, pleading for a resumption of long-dormant six-nation talks.

It has pushed a tit-for-tat proposal in which North Korea suspends its arms programmes in return for a halt to US military drills in the region — which has been ignored.

The majority of North Korea’s oil likely comes from China, but the exact tally of oil exports remains unknown, as Beijing has not published such data since 2014.

According to UN customs data, China sent 6,000 barrels a day of oil products to North Korea in 2016.


7 Comments on "China confirms will limit oil exports to North Korea"

  1. bobinget on Sat, 23rd Sep 2017 2:26 pm 

    1) Since Venezuela, Iran and N.Korea are sanction
    buddies, they are free to trade w/each other, Correct?
    2) Quiz; Which above needs oil?
    3) Which nation has nuclear weapons?
    4) To which nation(s) are nukes forbidden?
    5) Which nation would be willing to trade nukes
    for oil?
    6) Which of the above has President Trump (US)
    threatened? (with military action)

    Your totally screwed if you guessed 100%
    You can never unsee this post.

  2. Davy on Sat, 23rd Sep 2017 2:32 pm 

    The old men on the board are losing it.

  3. rockman on Sat, 23rd Sep 2017 3:12 pm 

    Wait…this could be the solution to the US drug problem: have the Mexican and Colombian govts ban the exports of drugs to our country. LOL. In the middle of a f*cking war zone ISIS is still able to move oil. What is the Chinese govt going to do: send their jets to target tank trucks rolling across the border with N Korea?

    Nice words from the Chinese govt. Like President Obama’s words bashing coal while exporting more coal (mostly from govt leases) in one year then any other POTUS in history.

    Do what I say…not what I do. LOL.

  4. EarthAbides on Sat, 23rd Sep 2017 3:28 pm 

    “According to UN customs data, China sent 6,000 barrels a day of oil products to North Korea in 2016.”

    ” that UN member states would not export more than 500,000 barrels of refined petroleum products to the North in the final three months of 2017, and 2 million annually starting next year.”

    Lets see… 6000 bpd X 365 days = 2,190,000 annually. Difference, 190,000 per year or less than 10% reduction in product. Tough sanctions those.

  5. Go Speed Racer on Sat, 23rd Sep 2017 5:46 pm 

    Feeling great that Trump is President.
    Trump is one arrogant crazy maniac.
    So is fatso Kim.

    It’s perfect, fighting fire with fire.

    If we had liberals in charge, they would
    bow down in worship, to N Korea and their
    nuclear experiments.

    Takes a practical guy like Trump to push
    the big red button. Do it do it.

    About 150 MOAB along the Demilitarized Zonr
    after that it’s just sweeping up, mopping,
    wiping and shining.

  6. Boat on Sat, 23rd Sep 2017 6:21 pm 


    Did Obama have control of the coal export market? Or any market for that matter. He did toughen many regulations for FF while supplying subsidies for a variety of cleaner types of energy. His sunshot project for solar was a success. Through various injections of billions, he was able to set up several energy laboratories. You can learn more here.

    Don’t let an Obama word like science scare you.

  7. Sissyfuss on Sat, 23rd Sep 2017 6:55 pm 

    EarthAbides, just curious. That was a wonderful old sci-fi novel about a great human dieoff of that name. Any correlation?

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