U.S. may sanction Chinese oil trade with Pyongyang

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"They should refrain from issuing more threats". "Honestly, I think the United States should be doing ... much more than now, so that there's real effective worldwide cooperation on this issue", he told reporters. They should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation.

"Efforts to undermine Sino-U.S. trade, or even slapping sanctions on China, I think would be off-target", the Chinese state news agency Xinhua quoted Cui as saying on Friday at a Chinese National Day reception.

The sanctions would be part of United States efforts to urge China to pressure the North, which continues its nuclear and missile development.

While commenting on North Korea's new missile launch, he said that economic pressure on Pyongyang had proved to be ineffective, while military threats only angered the country's leadership.

"Oil exports to North Korea will drop by almost 40 per cent, a huge blow to its energy supply", Lu said, reacting to the new round of sanctions by the United Nations following North Korea's hydrogen bomb test.

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Trump tweeted earlier this month, vowing that the U.S. was considering ceasing trade with nations doing business with North Korea. According to the state-run KCNA news agency, leader Kim Jong-un said: "Our goal is to make the rulers of the USA dare not talk about military option regarding us".

An oil pipeline that supplies 90 per cent of North Korea's crude has been excluded from the latest United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang in part for one very practical reason: once China turns it off, it can't be easily turned back on again, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said on Wednesday.

Kim further vowed to complete the country's nuclear weapons program despite growing sanctions against Pyongyang.

On August 22, the U.S. government unilaterally sanctioned Russian firms engaged in crude oil trade with North Korea, freezing their assets among other measures.

The North wants South Korea to stop its annual drills with the USA, which it views a rehearsal for war. Sources have said Chinese companies shipping oil to the North will also probably be targeted by future United States sanctions.