China to limit oil supplies to North Korea

China to limit oil supplies to North Korea

China to limit oil supplies to North Korea

Joseph Cheng of the Chinese University of Hong Kong told Al Jazeera that "China wants to demonstrate its support of the world community's position dissuade North Korea from continuing to hold nuclear tests and long-range missile tests".

Kyodo assessed the measure as being even stricter than the latest UN Security Council sanctions adopted after Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test, adding it can be considered as an independent, unilateral sanction by China.

As per AP, the ministry also said it will ban textile imports from the North.

The spokesman said the reports are different from the facts.

The Ministry of Commerce will implement UN Security Council Resolution 2375 by halting the export of liquified natural gas and gas condensate and limit exports of refined oil, reports Xinhua news agency.

The new United Nations resolution requires exports of petroleum products to the North be limited to 500,000 barrels or 60,000 tons, from October 1 to December 31 and 2 million barrels or 240,000 tons per year starting January 1.

The ban on textile imports will be effective from today, it said.

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His comments came a day after he signed an executive order allowing Washington to ramp up sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear missile programme.

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions that open the door wider to blacklisting people and entities doing business with the isolated nation, including its shipping and trade networks, further tightening the screws on Pyongyang's missile programme.

Last month, the USA announced sanctions against five Chinese firms and one individual, two Singapore-based companies and three Russian citizens alleging that they supported North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

China has always been the North's only major ally and diplomatic protector but is expressing increasing frustration with the government of Kim Jong Un. Trump, speaking during the U.N. General Assembly, called Kim "Rocket Man", and Kim threatened in a video to "tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire".

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

In July, Beijing and Moscow proposed a "double-freeze" plan, which would see North Korea suspend its missile launches and nuclear tests in exchange for a halt in joint US-South Korea military drills.

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