N. Korea’s sharp, post-Jang drop in mineral exports to China seen as temporary

North Korea earned the bulk of its foreign revenues from selling raw materials to China, including coal.   /AP

North Korea earned the bulk of its foreign revenues from selling raw materials to China, including coal. /AP

SEOUL — North Korea’s vital border trade with China has been drastically reduced due to Pyongyang’s curbs on mineral shipments following the execution of Jang Song-Thaek who had dominated business dealings with China, a source here said. “Traffic of trucks carrying North Korea’s minerals and commodities to China fell by 60-70 percent in January compared with the previous month,” said the source who is well-versed in the border commerce between North Korea and China.

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