China cut off exports of oil to North Korea – Joseph Kahn

 Chinese Images Voa Chinese Northkorea Nuclear Bordered From The New York Times, via International Herald Tribune:

China cut off oil exports to North Korea in September, amid heightened tensions over that country’s nuclear and missile programs, Chinese trade statistics show.

The unusual move – the figures show China sold no crude oil at all to its neighbor in September – reduced cumulative sales for the year by about 7 percent over the same period in 2005. China’s oil exports to Pyongyang had been averaging about 50,000 metric tons a month this year.

In September, China exported 125,185 tons of crude for a reported value of $62 million. All of that was exported to the United States, with North Korea receiving nothing. [Full Text]

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