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Marco Rubio Wants to Crack Down on Businesses Helping North Korea

Marco Rubio Wants to Crack Down on Businesses Helping North Korea

He also offered to hold reunions of families torn apart by the war on October 4, Korea's lunar fall harvest holiday and the 10th anniversary of the second inter-Korean summit.

It asked Pyongyang to respond via an inter-Korean hotline, which was cut off by the North a year ago.

About 90 percent of North Korea's exports go to China, and coal has been the single-biggest export item.

Such purchases are permitted under the sanctions and generate no revenue for nuclear development, said a foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang.

North Korea on Friday threatened to take "corresponding measures" if the UN Security Council adopts another sanctions resolution in response to the country's test-launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, ICBM, on July 4.

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The U.S. has been trying to get China and Russian Federation to back a new UN Security Council resolution imposing stiffer sanctions on North Korea following its latest missile test.

China has always been the North's main diplomatic defender but increasingly expresses frustration with leader Kim Jong Un's provocative behavior.

In other words, the U.S. is overhyping the extent of the supposed threat posed by North Korea, possibly in order to justify its controversial THAAD deployment in South Korea. The alleged network included one of the largest Chinese importers of North Korean goods, Dandong Zhicheng Metallic Material Co. Previous releases of Chinese customs data showed that China bought the same amount of iron ore in the first five months of this year as it did in all of last year.

"Trade related to the people's livelihood in North Korea, especially if it embodies humanitarian principles, should not be affected by sanctions", said Huang at a separate news briefing. The last reunions were held in October 2015 at a resort at Mount Kumgang on North Korea's east coast.

"Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40% in the first quarter", Trump tweeted the day after North Korea launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile.


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