The new sanctions aim to cripple North Koreas economy to contain the nuclear weapons program. The scope of the sanction goes way beyond past efforts.
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.
Beijing is set to send a senior Communist Party official, Song Tao, to Pyongyang with the official task of reporting on the recent Party congress. China dismissed the claims the move was linked with Donald Trump's visit.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called President Donald Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats. The North Korean Foreign Minister later reportedly threatened to test an H-bomb in the Pacific.
US Defense chief Jim Mattis said America favored a diplomatic solution to North Korea's nuclear program. Mattis is on his second visit to South Korea as Pentagon boss amid rising tensions between US and the North.
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