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North Korea is set to take an economic hit as China stops buying coal. Options
progpen
Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017 3:20:27 PM

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http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2072187/korean-peninsula-set-become-more-volatile-after-china

It looks like North Korea could become even more unstable and possibly desperate as a major source of revenue dries up. The major reason China is banning North Korean coal is because of a U.N. resolution that limits North Korea's coal exports, but it's likely that China agreed in the first place because they have reduced their coal consumption and this ban would not harm China's economy.

The ban was seen as a response to criticism by the US and South Korea that Beijing was “not doing enough” to modify North Korea’s behaviour.

Along with the coal ban is the scheduling of joint US and South Korean military exercises, which will make the situation on the Korean peninsula even more interesting.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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