June 02, 2023

Chinese FM defends growing trade with North Korea

Recent figures show trade up so far in 2017, despite stricter sanctions to limit the DPRK's revenue

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Monday defended recent trade statistics that show a net increase in value throughout the first nine months of 2017, despite stricter UN sanctions aimed at limiting the DPRK's revenues.

During a regular press briefing in Beijing, MFA Spokesperson Geng Shuang said UN measures were not intended to have negative humanitarian consequences on the North Korean population.