February 22, 2024

Beijing says it’s ‘in line’ with obligations on N. Korean coal

Foreign ministry claim comes after Chinese trade data shows no reduction in coal imports

Beijing on Thursday claimed it had fulfilled its UN obligations to limit imports of North Korean coal, despite trade data from Chinese customs showing otherwise.

Speaking at a regular foreign ministry press briefing, spokesperson Hua Chunying implied China’s December imports of North Korean coal were not in breach on UN resolutions intended to reduce trade in the DPRK’s most valuable export commodity.