China confirms limit of oil exports to North Korea

China will limit exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting October 1 , its commerce ministry said, confirming Beijing ’ s participation in new UN sanctions intended to rein in its rogue neighbour.
The United Nations Security Council, including permanent member Beijing , approved tough sanctions against Pyongyang last week in response to its sixth and most powerful nuclear test .
Washington had initially sought a full oil embargo , but softened its stance to secure backing from Russia and China , the North ’ s sole ally and main trading partner .
In a statement posted to its website late Friday night , the ministry reiterated the terms of the latest resolution , writing that as of October 1 , UN member states would not export more than 500 , 000 barrels of refined petroleum products to the North , a cap raised to 2 million starting next year .
“ Chinese government authorities will issue a notice based on the export situation when approaching the upper limit , and from that date implement a prohibition on exports of refined oil products to North Korea for the year , ” it said.
It added that China has issued a “ comprehensive ban on imported textiles ” from North Korea .
The announcement follows days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong- Un’ s regime , which has raised international alarm .
The US has accused China of not doing enough to pressure Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear programme .
The majority of North Korea ’ s oil likely comes from China , but exactly how much the Asian giant exports to its neighbour remains unknown, as Beijing has not published such data since 2014.
According to UN customs data , Beijing sent 6 , 000 barrels a day of oil products to North Korea in 2016 .
AFP