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Will China turn off North Korea's oil?

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17.09.2017

China feeds North Korea's energy needs through the Sino-DPRK Friendship Oil Pipeline, but Washington wants Beijing to turn off the tap to pressure its neighbor into abandoning its nuclear program.

After North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Beijing again to use "the very powerful tool of oil supply" as leverage on its nuclear-armed ally.

But Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Friday that Beijing had already made "enormous sacrifices" and that it "does not hold the key to the Korean peninsula issue".

Washington had sought an oil embargo after North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test, but it softened its stance to secure backing from China and Russia for new sanctions that were approved by the U.N. Security Council on Monday.

The sanctions limit shipments of crude and refined oil products, but they fall short of an........

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