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China halts North Korea coal imports

AFP-Jiji BEIJING (AFP-Jiji) — China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of the year, Beijing said Saturday, depriving Pyongyang of a crucial source of foreign exchange following its latest missile test.

“[China] will temporarily stop its imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of this year [including coal for which customs applications have been made but not yet processed],” the commerce ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

The statement said the suspension was in accordance with existing U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs and would come into force on Sunday and remain until the end of the year.

The decision came less than a week after North Korea’s latest missile test, as tensions escalate over the reclusive state’s defiance of U.N. resolutions.

China’s announcement came as investigators in Malaysia probe the assassination of Kim’s half-brother Monday.Speech

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