N.Korea vows to take 'corresponding measures' if United Nations adopts sanctions

Mr Huang added that numbers showing an increase are not evidence that China is failing to enforce United Nations resolutions, with imports from North Korea falling every month since March.

North Korea's successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile has prompted strong criticism from the United States and from governments across the Asia-Pacific region.

The bill is meant "to stop North Korea and prevent nuclear war", he said, pointing to recent news reports on an increase in China's trade with its wayward, isolated neighbor despite the UNSC sanctions. Still, after meeting with President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit on July 8, Trump tweeted they'd had had an "excellent" meeting on trade and North Korea.

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Huang Songping, spokesman of General Administration of Customs, said on Thursday at a Beijing news conference that China's total imports from the DPRK amounted to US$880 million in the first six months of this year, a year-on-year drop of 13.2 percent. China has been taking measures to revitalize North Korea's economy through humanitarian and civilian exchanges despite suspending coal imports.

The analysis by 38 North, a Washington-based North Korean monitoring project, was based on satellite images of the radiochemical laboratory at the Yongbyon nuclear plant from September until the end of June, amid rising global concerns over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

The radar capable of tracking unmanned aerial vehicles from North Korea would be used for local air defense, and will enter mass production for deployment in 2018, South Korean news service Newsis reported. It took 56 days to adopt UNSC Resolution 2270, regarded as the strongest non-military sanctions in the history of the United Nations, in response to the fourth nuclear test.

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The text calls for kicking out from the USA banking system the businesses and financial institutions involved in a significant amount of trade in goods and services with the communist state, barring all North Korean-made products from entering the U.S. market, and sanctioning all firms engaged in labor exports.

"China customs have all along fully, accurately, conscientiously and strictly enforced relevant Security Council resolutions", Huang declares. The Security Council approved a resolution in November that exempted transactions in iron and iron ore intended "exclusively for livelihood purposes". In view of past experience, it has taken successively more and more time to garner the support of China and Russian Federation in strengthening sanctions against the North. Almost two-thirds of Americans (64%) say the USA should use military force to defend its allies in Asia in the event that they get into a serious military conflict with North Korea.

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