China Suspends Coal Imports From North Korea

Last Modified: Sun Feb 19 2017 09:04:14 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 90%
    Percentage of North Korea's trade is with China and relies on coal as its No. 1 export. Despite global sanctions, China imports from North Korea citing "livelihood exemption," which allows the export of a product if cutting it off might affect the livelihood of the exporter, so long as the revenue doesn't go to North Korea's nuclear program.
  • 35%
    Percentage of North Korea's economy that many analysts believe is dependent on coal exports.
  • 18 Feb 2017
    China froze all imports from North Korea till the end of the year without citing a reason. But by all accounts its in response to Pyongyang test-firing a missile into the Sea of Japan, drawing international rebuke, and just days ago, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's older half brother died mysteriously in Malaysia.