China's imports from North Korea plummet in December, lowest for 4 years
14 January 2018, 07:29 | Erica Roy
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China's imports from North Korea plunged in December to the lowest level in dollar terms since at least the start of 2014, with trade curbed by United Nations sanctions aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes.
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"And maritime interdiction helps us to disrupt resources and then the financial side helps us to disrupt the financing of their nuclear and missile program".
The penalties that came into force on Sept 5 a year ago banned countries from buying coal, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood from North Korea.
North Korean soldiers are said to be sleeping without removing their boots since they have been told a war with the United States could emerge any moment.
Finance Canada deputy spokeswoman Jocelyn Sweet said the directive came after the Financial Action Task Force raised concerns about - and urged a harder line against - North Korean money laundering in November.
North Korea observed a six-week break in missile launches between September 15 and November 29, but the prospect of war with the US, which held a series of joint military drillswith South Korea during that period, never stopped preoccupying the officials who spoke with Vorontsov.
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