“An internal source in the Quanhe Commercial District of Hunchun City informed us that the customs offices are preparing to close the gate today (September 4), and that Chinese businessmen and merchants staying in North Korea have been notified,” a source in China with knowledge of the development told Daily NK.
However, the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge (a road-rail bridge that spans the Yalu river into North Korea) connecting Dandong (Liaoning Province, China) and Sinuiju (North Pyongan Province, North Korea), which accounts for 70% of the trade volume between the two countries, remains open.
However, it has also been suggested that Quanhe Customs may have closed because it primarily deals with North Korean fisheries products, which have been prohibited for export under the new sanctions.
Wang made the comments in a meeting at the United Nations with a Russian diplomat on Thursday, the ministry said in a statement.
China, the only major ally of North Korea, has been increasingly uncomfortable in recent months about its neighbour's pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles in violation on UN resolutions. But I think he'd like to be able to do something,' Trump said.
One Chinese-Korean hotel owner I talked to there last summer said that business was great for the casinos at that time, and that he hadn’t seen any signs of decreased traffic under the sanctions in place at that time.
Now, reports Daily NK, the crossing has been closed (likely temporarily) by the Chinese authorities as a response to North Korea’s nuclear test.
The comments come as tensions between the North and United States continue to escalate and leader Kim Jong Un vows to continue nuclear missile tests.
North Korea, technically still at war with the South after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty, regularly threatens to destroy the United States and says it will pursue its nuclear and missile programmes to counter perceived US aggression.
The United States has called on China to do more to rein in Pyongyang and Trump lavished praise on Chinese President Xi Jinping for his efforts, calling him 'a good man'.'I believe he is trying very hard. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that China had asked North Korea not to conduct any more nuclear tests.
Beijing had warned Pyongyang it would impose unilateral sanctions if it went ahead, he added.
DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The agency continued: 'No one in the world welcomes a gangster blackmailing the owner with a dagger.'It is an entirely legitimate right to self-defence for the DPRK to further increase its war deterrent to cope with the prevailing grave situation on the peninsula.'The present reality clearly proves that the DPRK was so right when it made a crucial decision to strengthen its nuclear force in quality and quantity.'The nuclear force of the DPRK is a treasure sword of justice and reliable war deterrent to defend the sovereignty and dignity of the country and global peace from the nuclear war threat posed by the US.' President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he wanted to resolve the crisis in North Korea peacefully, possibly through the use of new economic sanctions, although a military option was not off the table Also on Friday, US President Donald Trump said a 'major, major conflict' with North Korea was possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, while China said the situation on the Korean peninsula could escalate or slip out of control.
North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States and says it will continue to test its nuclear and missile programmes to counter perceived US aggression.