China defends its trade with North Korea as permitted by United Nations



However, in a press statement, acting Permanent Secretary of Namibia's Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Lineekela Mboti, said his country has submitted reports to the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee as required, the last having been submitted on 8 April 2017.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday he outlined for Trump his country's efforts to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program but also advised the US leader to use talks to help resolve the conflict.

Rachel Hicks, a member of the US delegation, told the committee Monday that North Korea has violated every agreement it made in the past 25 years regarding its nuclear weapons program.

"The government has terminated the contracts with Komid and Mansudae in Namibia, for as long as the UN Security Council sanctions against the DPRK are in place", he said, adding that all North Korean nationals have departed from the country as part of the sanctions resolutions' implementation on that country.

It comes as Beijing has vowed to enforce recent United Nations sanctions banning imports of coal and oil from Kim's brutal regime.

She urged committee members to support the resolution, which is not legally binding.

Under the act, any foreign countries working with the rogue state will be banned from doing business with U.S. companies.

China's special envoy for the North Korea nuclear issue, Kong Xuanyou, met his USA counterpart, Joseph Yun, in Beijing on Monday, China's Foreign Ministry said, where they had a "deep exchange of views on the Korean peninsula issue".

As tensions escalate, Washington's sanctions will put more economic pressure on Kim Jong-un to abandon his nuclear weapons programme.

"Amid an unprecedentedly grave security situation, the deployment of Ronald Reagan and its carrier strike group to the Korean Peninsula and their joint exercise with South Korea is part of the increased deployment of US strategic assets here". In that case, North Korea will have serious trouble exporting to and importing from China.

"There is no quick and easy solution.

The U.S. will need to work with others, including China, South Korea and Japan and Russian Federation to resolve the issue", he said.

Trump's November 3-14 trip will include visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. "The president is intent on rectifying that situation", the official said.

Mr Trump, who is due to visit China next month, wants his counterpart Xi Jinping to do more to reign in North Korea. The sanctions took effect this month, but China enforced the new measures from August 15, amid growing pressure from the United States to rein in Pyongyang's missile program.

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