This was part of an international effort to limit both access to materials that could support North Korea's nuclear and missile development program in response to the regime's first nuclear test, as well as the regime's so-called "gift diplomacy" of rewarding loyal supporters with lavish presents. … [Read more...] about China Gave North Korea Luxury Gifts and Booze Banned Under Sanctions
Talk about sanctions
But this also means committing to negotiations beyond these initial summits. If the United States throws away the diplomatic channel altogether — as incoming national security adviser John Bolton has suggested — the United States could find that China’s patience for maintaining the sanctions regime will erode. … [Read more...] about Those North Korea sanctions might be working. Here’s why.
That’s why, as part of its general resistance to sanctions against North Korea’s civilian industries, Moscow helped North Korea evade oil-related sanctions. In early 2017, Russia opposed the United States’ proposed oil embargo against North Korea, and at the United Nations, successfully worked with China to change these to more moderate oil industry sanctions. When the United States successfully lobbied for further restrictions on North Korea’s access to foreign oil in a December U.N. resolution, Moscow ensured that North Korea would not be isolated from global energy markets by shipping enough oil to Pyongyang to reduce petroleum prices in North Korea by 60 percent. … [Read more...] about Why Russia is openly violating sanctions against North Korea
— House race in Boeing country turns on trade. NYT's Natalie Kitroeff: "A congressional race here [in Auburn, Washington] has become a crucial test of whether Mr. Trump’s upending of the norms of international trade will come at the expense of Republican candidates. The spat with Beijing has rattled the state’s juggernaut aerospace industry, as workers and business owners reckon with the possibility that their livelihood could be at risk... [Kim] Schrier, a pediatrician and first-time candidate, has been hammering Dino Rossi, the likely Republican nominee, on the tariff issue. 'These tariffs are a direct response to the policies of a president you helped elect. Don’t you have anything to say?' she tweeted to Mr. Rossi last month." … [Read more...] about The Finance 202: Beijing trade talks conclude with no progress. Get ready for a long slog.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on a flight to North Korea Wednesday that the United States is “not going to relieve sanctions” without having fully eliminated the threat from Kim Jong-un’s rogue communist regime, despite the reported release of unjustly imprisoned Americans in the country. President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that Pompeo had left the United States for North Korea to meet with senior officials there and confirm the time, place, and agenda for Trump’s highly anticipated meeting with Kim. … [Read more...] about Mike Pompeo in North Korea: ‘We’re Not Going to Relieve Sanctions’