China has banned imports from North Korea including iron ore in line with UN sanctions. Photo: AP

North Korean trade with biggest partner China dives 48 per cent amid sanctions

  • Reliance on communist neighbour takes overall foreign trade volume below US$3 billion for first time since Kim Jong-un took power, according to report
  • Observers say slow economic growth could weaken regime in the long run, but Beijing is expected to keep UN measures in place for now
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China has banned imports from North Korea including iron ore in line with UN sanctions. Photo: AP
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