China's first-half trade with North Korea rose 10.5 per cent year-on-year, Chinese officials said today, as the US urges Beijing to apply economic pressure on its neighbour.
"Simple accumulated data cannot be used as evidence to question China's severe attitude in carrying out UN Security Council resolutions," Huang told a press briefing.
"UN Security Council sanctions are not a total ban on shipments. Trade related to DPRK people's livelihood, especially those that reflect humanitarianism should not be influenced by the sanctions."
Regional tensions escalated after North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile last week.
US President Donald Trump later complained that trade had gone up between the countries after he had called on Beijing to use its diplomatic and economic clout over its neighbour to convince Pyongyang to drop its nuclear programme.
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