China-North Korea relations
China's Ministry of Commerce suspends all coal imports from North Korea until the end of 2017, as part of international sanctions against North Korea over its ballistic missile program.
- The Washington Post
- China's Ministry of Commerce says that it is restricting trade with North Korea, in line with the recent sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council last March. China will be banning the export of jet fuel and import of gold, some coal and "rare earth metals" used in high-tech goods.
- North Korea shuts down tourism from China as nuclear tensions mount, but business travel is allowed to continue.
- South Korean President Moon Jae-in, responding to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's offer during his New Year's Day address, proposes a meeting to discuss the Winter Olympics and North Korea's nuclear program next Tuesday at the border city of Panmunjom.
- North Korea is building its first operational ballistic missile submarine on an "accelerated schedule," according to the US-Korea Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
- The United Nations Security Council unanimously imposes new sanctions on North Korea that caps refined petroleum product imports to 500,000 barrels a year, a 90 percent cut, and demands the repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months.