For North Korea, Cutting Off Oil Supplies Would Be Devastating

14 Apr 2017   North Korea

Isolated North Korea doesn’t consume much oil, but curbing or cutting off its supplies in retaliation for further nuclear or long-range missile tests would be painful and potentially destabilising to the regime of Kim Jong Un. U.S. officials have told Reuters that an oil embargo is among tougher sanctions Washington could pursue to counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs Separately, the Global Times, an influential Chinese tabloid whose stance does not necessarily reflect official policy, said in an editorial on Wednesday that “Chinese society” would approve of “severe restrictive measures that have never been seen before, such as restricting oil imports to the North,” if Pyongyang engages in further provocative activity. China, which supplies […]

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