Seoul's Unification Ministry says these latest proposals are in line with President Moon Jae-in's dual track policy to pursue both engagement with the Kim Jong Un government while also supporting US led sanctions to pressure Pyongyang to halt its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs. South Korea offered Monday to talk with North Korea to. Ties between the Koreas have plunged over the North's expanding missile and nuclear programs and the hard-line policies of Moon's conservative predecessors.
According to Reuters, Chinese state-owned oil major CNPC has suspended diesel and gasoline sales to North Korea during the last month or two.
North Korea's state media hasn't immediately responded to South Korea's overtures. The last government-level talks were held in December 2015.
Moon's government proposed two sets of talks to discuss how to dial down tensions and resume reunions of aging Koreans separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
A defector who reports commodity prices for Daily NK, Kang Mi-jin confirmed the price spike in recent week was caused initially by China restricting the flow of oil to North Korea.
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The targeting of clothes or textile manufacturers may be outside current parameters of USA sanctions, but according to Kim Han-kwon, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy in South Korea, the move may be a response to North Korea's changing approach to earning foreign currency for the regime as Chinese restrictions have banned exports like coal, News 1 reported.
The two Koreas restarted Cold War-era psychological warfare after the North's fourth nuclear test in January 2016.
Cho said the South was proposing the talks due to the "urgency of the issue" rather than the possibility of a positive response from Pyongyang, adding that the South's "initiative is needed to restore inter-Korean talks".
If the talks are held, loudspeaker broadcasts, leafleting and South Korea-U.S. drills are expected to top the agenda.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is sending tens of thousands of North Koreans to Russian Federation in order to carry out what is being described as slave-like labor and earn money for his regime in Pyongyang, according to Fox News.
Despite Washington's calls for action, trade between China and its neighbour increased 10.5 percent to $2.5 billion in the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year, including a 29.1 percent jump in exports. "My bipartisan legislation gives those that now conduct trade with North Korea a clear choice - either do business with this heinous outlaw regime or do business with the world's leading economic and military power". Many died without getting a chance to see or hear from their families on the other side of the heavily-fortified border, across which all civilian communication is banned.