It seems that despite the hysteria surrounding President Trump’s rhetoric back and forth with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and fears from some across the political spectrum that the rhetoric might ignite a thermonuclear war, President Trump is doing something just right; not only is China reducing its trade with North Korea, but for the first time in two years, North Korea and South Korea are holding talks.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 12, 2018
As Bloomberg reports:
China’s trade with North Korea shrank by more than half last month, as Beijing implements United Nations sanctions against Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons program. The value of Chinese goods exported to North Korea last month fell 23 percent year on year, according to data released Friday by China’s General Administration of Customs. Imports from the country also plunged 82 percent in December. All told, trade between the two sides fell almost 51 percent during the month.
On Tuesday, representatives from South Korea and North Korea met for diplomatic discussions for the first time in more than two years. South Korean President Moon Jae-in Moon said Trump was responsible for the talks, asserting that Trump played a “big” role, adding, “I extend my gratitude to President Trump.”
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