China Bows to Trump
In a huge slap in the face to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s regime, China has very publicly announced that it will ban imports of several key resources from North Korea, bowing to U.N. sanctions that were pushed for by the Trump administration and the United States.
According to The Washington Post, the Chinese Commerce Ministry announced a ban on iron, coal and lead from North Korea on Monday, in accordance with the latest round of sanctions against Pyongyang. The announcement came a day before North Korea announced that it had put off a plan to launch missiles at the U.S. Pacific possession of Guam, an attack that would virtually guarantee a U.S. military response.
While the North Korean announcement was full of the usual bombast and threats against the “Yankees,” as the Wall Street Journal reported, it was also a significant stepback for the Pyongyang regime, and it’s entirely possible China’s move had something to do with it.