The United Nations voted for sanctions to be levied against North Korea on August 5th as retaliation for their long range ballistic missile tests conducted on July 4th and July 28th. These sanctions are to include the ban of coal imports, iron ore, lead concentrates and ore, lead, and seafood. In effect, the sanctions are a ban on North Korean exports that could result in a one-billion-dollar hard currency loss for the regime, by far the deepest biting sanctions to date; sanctions that China is seeking to implement much sooner than later.
As President Trump was preparing to announce his intention to probe America’s trade deals, China’s Commerce Ministry announced the ban of North Korean exports to start almost immediately, as early as Tuesday, August 15 or as late as Tuesday, September 5th, a surprising move by the Chinese government.
This move from China against the North Korean regime is sure to infuriate an already unhinged Kim Jong Un as he continues to lash out at the United States for their influence in passing Resolution 2371. In a refreshing change from the status quo, President Donald Trump has answered back with harsh words of his own for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un effectively making clear where North Korean military action will result in.
It appears that President Donald Trump will no longer allow North Korea to get away with making threats to the west, and it appears China just may agree. One could argue the back-channel communications between Beijing and Pyongyang may not have went to well since China seems to be one of the first to implement UN Sanction Resolution 2371, well ahead of schedule. China is one of North Korea’s strongest allies both militarily and economically, and has been for some time now.