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Trump welcomes the reduction in China’s trade with North Korea

WASHINGTON, January 12. /TASS/. The administration of the President of the United States Donald trump is pleased that China has sharply reduced trade with North Korea, which in turn corresponds to a global effort to provide maximum pressure on Pyongyang. This is stated in a statement on Friday, the press service of the White house.

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“The administration of Donald trump is pleased that China has sharply reduced trade with North Korea. This step responds to the global efforts under the leadership of the United States to provide maximum pressure [in Pyongyang] as long as the North Korean regime will not stop their illegal programs will not change their behavior and make a step towards denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”, – the document says .

Earlier official representative of the General administration of customs of China Huang Sunpin said at a press conference that China’s trade with North Korea in December 2017 fell at an annual rate of 50.6% and amounted to $314 million As of statistics, in the last month dramatically reduced the scale of the import to China products from North Korea – by 81.6%, to $54 million Respectively, China’s exports fell by 23.4%, to $260 million.

In 2017, North Korea conducted 20 launches of ballistic missiles and another nuclear test. In turn, the US and its allies are almost continuously carried out in the region of large-scale military exercises. The two sides exchanged tough statements, including threatening each other with total annihilation and nuclear war.

Against the DPRK operates the most severe to date, the sanctions regime, providing including financial sanctions, arms embargoes, a ban on the supply of rocket fuel, equipment and dual-use materials, as well as the export of the country’s coal, iron, lead, seafood and other products.

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