China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho gets into a car at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Ri flew from Pyongyang to Beijing on Tuesday morning to go to New York for the U.N. General Assembly. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, September 22, 2017 10:52PM EDT
BEIJING - China has announced it will limit oil supplies to North Korea under U.N. sanctions, stepping up pressure on Pyongyang over its pursuit of nuclear and missile technology.
The Commerce Ministry said Saturday that China, the North's main trading partner and energy supplier, will limit supplies of refined petroleum products starting Oct. 1. It said Beijing also will ban imports of North Korean textiles, one of Pyongyang's last major sources of foreign revenue following repeated rounds of U.N. sanctions.
China has long been the North's only major ally and diplomatic protector but is expressing increasing frustration with the government of Kim Jong Un. Beijing's status as the North's main trading partner makes its co-operation critical to the success of economic sanctions.