"On February 18, 2017, China's Ministry of Commerce and its General Administration of Customs jointly announced a suspension of China's imports of coal from North Korea, also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), for the remainder of 2017. The suspension appeared to signal China's intention to keep its 2017 imports of North Korean coal in line with United Nations restrictions imposed in November 2016 in response to Pyongyang's continued development of its nuclear and missile programs. China's announcement came at a time when the Trump Administration was calling on China to do more to rein in North Korea. The suspension of coal imports is unlikely to have a significant financial impact on Pyongyang, however, due to China's large imports of North Korean coal in the months preceding Beijing's suspension."
CRS Insight, IN10659
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html