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Trade between N. Korea, China rise 6.2 pct in Jan-Oct despite sanctions

2013/12/04 10:30

BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Yonhap) -- Trade between North Korea and its major trading partner China rose 6.2 percent on year in the first 10 months of this year to total US$4.72 billion, data showed Wednesday, despite international sanctions against Pyongyang over its defiant nuclear and missile tests.

The rise suggested that North Korea is becoming increasingly reliant on China, although Beijing is not supportive of Pyongyang's nuclear ambition.

In the 10-month period, North Korea's exports to China jumped 12.3 percent on year to account for $2.36 billion, according to data by the China Customs Information Center. The North's imports gained 1.8 percent to $2.36 billion.

China voted for tightening U.N. sanctions against North Korea after Pyongyang conducted its third and most powerful atomic test in February. But many analysts believe that Beijing will not put strong pressure on Pyongyang due to the risk of making things even worse.

kdh@yna.co.kr

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