China SUSPENDS North Korea Cross-border Freight Trains Due To Covid

China SUSPENDS NK Cross-border Freight Trains Due To Covid
Beijing’s Foreign Ministry has cut freight rail services between Dandong and North Korea’s Sinuiju – following “friendly consultation” with Pyongyang due to Covid cases detected on the Chinese side of the border. Continue reading “China SUSPENDS North Korea Cross-border Freight Trains Due To Covid”

China Exposed; Chinese ships accused of breaking sanctions on North Korea…

Chinese vessels are secretly trading oil products with North Korea in violation of UN sanctions, diplomats have confirmed. The news is likely to embarrass China and raise questions about its record of enforcing sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

Diplomats from an Asian country confirmed information published this week in the South Korean press that such trade persists despite sanctions.

Last month the US Treasury published satellite photos of ships linked to each other at sea, apparently trading oil. Chosun, the prominent South Korean newspaper, on Tuesday cited people within South Korea’s government saying 30 such hookups had been spotted by spy satellites since October.

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North Korean defector describes horrors following Chinese repatriation…

Security Council meets on Pyongyang human rights

UNITED NATIONS — Beijing’s forced repatriation of North Korean escapees came under fire Monday as a defector recounted the brutal treatment such returnees receive at the North’s detention centers.

 Ji Hyeon A, who was repatriated three times by China, told the room of diplomats and civil society representatives that she was brutally beaten at detention centers and forced to undergo an abortion. She also witnessed abuses such as harsh forced labor and babies dying “without ever being able to see their mothers.”

Detainees were fed raw locusts, discarded cabbage leaves, skinned frogs and rats, Ji said.

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