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China suspends imports of North Korean coal

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China's commerce ministry said it will suspend the import of North Korean coal, apparently in response to the latest provocations made by Pyongyang.

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Beijing's Ministry of Commerce said the decision, which comes into effect on Sunday, is in line with the United Nation's sanction against North Korea. The suspension will be valid through December 31.

Coal is estimated to take up 40 percent of North Korea's exports to China.

China had banned imports of coal from North Korea in April last year, but had been making exceptions for those intended for household use, which led to criticism over the regulation's effectiveness.

North Korea fired a new intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) called the Pukguksong-2 on Sunday from an air base in the country's northwestern province toward waters off its east coast.


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