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North Korea’s Coal Trade in Doubt

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A fleet of coal-carrying ships is returning to North Korea, as China’s recent ban on imports of its coal sees its first concrete results.#

Editor’s Remarks: China’s ban on North Korean coal came into force in February, almost immediately in response to Kim Jong Un’s repeated missile tests that put the international community on edge. The move cut off the hermit kingdom’s most important export from its most important trade partner and yet was kept rather hushed – not followed by any further harsh words from the Chinese ministries, for example. The the ships’ decision to return back after more than a month therefore suggests that North Korea has firmly received the message (tacitly or by other channels) that China is toughening up on its provocations, backed up by the tentative solidarity over the issue between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at their recent meeting.

##What to watch: Kim Jong Un, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, Rex Tillerson, Coal Prices

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