China Imports North Korean Coal for First Time Since February

  • DPRK coal shipments to China at 1.64m tons in August: GAC
  • Deliveries had been halted for UN Security Council resolution

China Imposes New Sanctions on North Korea

China resumed coal imports from North Korea five months after suspending them to comply with a United Nations Security Council resolution over the country’s nuclear program.

China imported 1.64 million tons of coal from Kim Jong Un’s regime in August, the first such shipments since February, according to General Administration of Customs data emailed Tuesday. Shipments in the first eight months of this year totaled 4.31 million tons, a 71 percent decline from the same period in 2016.

China’s Ministry of Commerce said in February that coal imports from North Korea would be halted from Feb. 19 to Dec. 31 in accordance with the UN resolution, including cargoes at Chinese ports that hadn’t completed customs clearance.

“I can assure you, that as a permanent member of the Security Council we have always strictly implemented UN Security Council resolutions,” said Lu Kang, China’s foreign ministry spokesman in a regular briefing. Asked if the import figures were inaccurate, Lu referred questions to GAC.

— With assistance by Jing Yang, Peter Martin, and Miao Han

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