China's December trade with North Korea falls 50 percent

  • China's December trade with North Korea falls 50 percent

China's December trade with North Korea falls 50 percent

Analysts see North Korea's need for Chinese oil as the most powerful economic leverage against Pyongyang.

In response to North Korean ballistic missile and nuclear weapons testing, such as the launches of three intercontinental ballistic missiles and the detonation of a staged thermonuclear bomb created to level cities, the U.N. Security Council has imposed tough sanctions on the rogue regime.

On Wednesday, Trump told South Korean President Moon Jae-In the United States was open to holding talks with North Korea "under the right circumstances", according to the White House.

Writing on the US-based website 38 North, Vorontsov said North Korean diplomats the foreign ministry are certain that the U.S. is determined to wage a war against their country even when Seoul is oblivious to Trump's administration's motives.

Next week, the United States and Canada are to host a meeting on the nuclear standoff with North Korea in Vancouver, bringing together friendly powers from around the world. China and Russian Federation, which both oppose the proposal for maritime interdiction, have not been invited to the summit.

In telephone talks with U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson Friday morning, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha explained the results of Tuesday's inter-Korean talks, emphasizing Seoul's will to simultaneously pursue an improvement in inter-Korean relations and a solution to the North Korean nuclear issue. In comments to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he "probaby [has] a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", the North Korean leader. The country explains its opposition by an alleged nuclear threat from the United States. I'm not saying I have or haven't. Asked whether this meant China had been invited, with the blessing of the USA, he said "yes". This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts under way.