China has decided to stop imports of commodities like iron, lead and seafood from North Korea in the wake of the most recent UN sanctions. Since China is Pyongyang's largest trading partner, the North Korean regime is sure to feel the pressure.
Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korean ships, according to European security sources, breaching UN sanctions. Russia's Foreign Ministry has denied the accusations, a day after China denied similar charges.
US President Donald Trump has claimed China was caught "red handed" transferring oil to North Korean vessels. Beijing rejected the accusations, saying it is adhering to UN sanction rules imposed on the rogue state.
Authorities in Seoul say they are holding a ship alleged to have illegally transferred oil to a North Korean ship. UN sanctions prohibit such actions. Washington has accused China of undermining the sanctions.
Bilateral trade between the Asian economic powerhouse and its isolated neighbor dropped to its lowest level in nine months, indicating that UN sanctions against North Korea are beginning to take a toll.
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