North Korea has been forced to send its ships back home from China on Tuesday after China refused to let them enter their waters.
According to Reuters, China turned North Korean trade ships back as part of sanctions that China agreed upon in February.
“A fleet of North Korean cargo ships is heading home to the port of Nampo, the majority of it fully laden, after China ordered its trading companies to return coal from the isolated country,” Reuters reported.
Conservative Tribune reports:
The ban on North Korean exports came after North Korea was found to be practicing long-range missile tests and continued to do so even after being warned. On Feb. 26, China banned all imports of North Korean coal, according to The New York Times. On Friday, China’s customs officials ordered the country’s traders to return all North Korean coal cargoes to their ships, Reuters reported.
This news comes after United States President Donald Trump’s successful two-day summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Trump reportedly pressured Xi to crack down on North Korea, according to Newsmax. On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State and Rex Tillerson told “Face the Nation” that China had begun to understand that the situation with North Korea “has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken.”
“To make up for the shortfall from North Korea, China has ramped up imports from the United States in an unexpected boon for U.S. President Donald Trump, who has declared he wants to revive his country’s struggling coal sector,” Reuters reported, citing its trading analysis software Eikon.
“Eikon data shows no U.S. coking coal was exported to China between late 2014 and 2016, but shipments soared to over 400,000 tonnes by late February,” Reuters reported.
Credit to China for finally putting the North Koreans in their place. It is reassuring to see the United States and China united on something. North Korea has ignored the rules of international politics for far too long and it is time for them to pay the price for their bad behavior.