North Korea coal exports down to zero on China ban, UN cap

North Korea’s global coal exports went down to zero in April, data released Friday shows, mainly due to China’s recent decision to ban imports from its nuclear-armed neighbour for the rest of the year. According to the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest brief, coal shipments from North Korea to an unnamed country fell from[…]

China bans North Korean coal- but only till January 

Fresh UN sanctions against North Korea aimed at punishment for a nuclear test in September will be honoured by China, the reclusive regime’s most important trading and diplomatic partner. In a statement on its website on Saturday, China’s Commerce Ministry said it will temporarily ban imports of coal from North Korea as part of a UN[…]

China buys record North Korean coal as sanctions ignored

It appears that China is interpreting the “people’s well-being” as meaning North Korea should be able to export record amounts of coal in defiance of sanctions against the rogue nuclear-armed state. China imported 2.465 million tonnes of coal from North Korea in August, the highest on record, and 61 percent above what was bought in[…]