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China defends imports of North Korean iron ore South Korea offers dialogue with the North to ease border tensions
Saul Franklin | 18 July, 2017, 00:37

Seoul began blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts and K-Pop songs via border loudspeakers, and Pyongyang responded with its own border broadcasts and launches of balloons carrying anti-South leaflets. It is estimated that Pyongyang takes about $120 million a year from its citizens in Russian Federation, who are forced to work in slave-like labor conditions.

Kim Jong-un launched a sick celebration of the successful test launch of the country's first intercontinental ballistic missile.

The Trump administration angered China last month by imposing sanctions on a Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean cash and approving a $1.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan, which Beijing considers a breakaway province. The Data Base Centre for North Korean Human Rights has estimated that the North Koreans in Russian Federation provide their government with an estimated $120 million a year.

China defended Thursday its purchase of iron ore from North Korea following criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump and said it is "strictly and earnestly" complying with United Nations sanctions.

If the meeting between North and South Korea goes ahead, it would be the first since December 2015.

On Monday, Seoul's Defense Ministry proposed talks at the border village of Panmunjom this Friday to discuss how to ease border-area tensions, while the Red Cross said it wants separate talks at Panmunjom on August 1 to discuss family reunions.

Experts say an extended cut by China would threaten critical supplies of gasoline and diesel and force North Korea to find alternative sources of refined fuel products.

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"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.

"Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40 percent in the first quarter".

North Korea will likely accept Moon's proposed talks on easing border animosities, as it's something that it's previously called for.

Reuters analyzed data at the North Korean defector website Daily NK and found the price of gasoline sold by private dealers in Pyongyang and the northern border cities of Sinuiju and Hyesan jumped to $2.18 per kg ($2.92 per liter) as of July 5, up 50 percent from $1.46 per kg on June 21. But the North might set a precondition for the talks, such as a suspension of annual South Korean-U.S. military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal, according to Koh Yu-hwan, a professor at Seoul's Dongguk University.

North Korea is believed to possess hundreds of missiles capable of striking South Korea and Japan. About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea.

The reunions are a highly emotional issue because most applicants are in their 70s or 80s and are desperate to see their loved ones before they die. Oil products are sold by weight in North Korea.

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