Chicom trucks used to parade Nork missiles
Beijing was forced to defend its trade with North Korea on Tuesday after it emerged that Chinese-made trucks were used to display missiles in a huge military parade that was staged by Pyongyang.If true the UN sanctions regimes need to be tightened to prevent the transfer of equipment that can be modified for use by North Korea's missile program and nuclear program. It is curious to me that a poverty stricken country like North Korea can afford those trucks and the missiles they carry.
The images of submarine-launched missiles being pulled by vehicles made by Chinese company Sinotruk at Saturday’s parade revealed the difficulty in enforcing strict UN sanctions on the reclusive state.
About 80 percent of North Korean overseas trade - including essential food and fuel products – is with China, a signatory of sanctions which ban the export largely of goods which Pyongyang could use to build up its military.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China conducts "normal" business with the North while adhering to UN Security Council sanctions which began in 2006.
A sales manager for a Sinotruck dealer told the AP news agency that the trucks were modified for military use after being sold to North Korea.
Beijing banned the import of coal from North Korea in mid February, but its overall trade with North Korea has increased, customs officials said last week.
China’s influential Global Times newspaper threatened on Tuesday that China could halt “petroleum exports” to its neighbour, a move that would have a devastating affect on the North.
Pyongyang imports almost all its crude oil from China.