In March of the current year, Russian coal imports China was the largest in three years, due to the embargo of Beijing on the import of raw materials from North Korea, according to Reuters. The supply volume increased by 19.5% to 2.3 million tons, according to data from the General administration of customs of the country. This is the highest indicator since June 2014.
Supply from Korea for March were recorded. A year earlier, the China imported from North Korea of 2.38 million tonnes of coal.
Also in March increased supply from Australia (an increase of 15.7% compared to a year earlier), Russia (9,4%) and Indonesia (9.4 per cent). The U.S. supplied China with 340 THD. MT in March 2017, a year earlier — a total of 39 so
In addition to the embargo of the DPRK on the growth of imports from these countries was affected by the increased demand from steel mills and rising prices for Chinese coking coal.
In March 2016, the UN security Council unanimously adopted resolution No. 2270, which contained a ban on the export of coal and other natural resources from North Korea. An exception was made for those purchases, which provided the humanitarian needs of the population. Later, the Council lowered the marginal limits of such purchases. The restrictions were introduced in connection with missile and nuclear tests in North Korea.
The US President Donald trump has launched a campaign against the DPRK after launching four ballistic missiles that North Korea has committed on 6 March.
The last attempt of the launch, Pyongyang has taken April 16, she was unsuccessful. After that, trump held a telephone conversation with President of China XI Jinping, during which the us President insisted that North Korea is China’s burden. In an interview the US President said that he proposed to Beijing more convenient conditions for trade in exchange for increasing pressure on Pyongyang.