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North Korea doubles coal exports to China ahead of UN sanctions

The Korea International Trade Association said North Korea's coal exports to China jumped 112.1% on a yearly basis in November, to US$139.4 million, The Korea Herald reported Dec. 25.

This was observed ahead of the U.N. Security Council's resolution on Nov. 30 to curb North Korean mineral exports, the South Korean trade organization added.

Its iron ore exports to China also surged 45.1%, to almost US$5.0 million, while iron shipments rose 96.9%, to about US$1.4 million. Overall exports rose 34.1%, to US$256 million, according to the report.

In April, China barred imports of gold, rare earth metals, iron ore and coal from North Korea.