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China bans North Korean iron, lead, coal imports as part of U.N. sanctions

•, By Simon Denyer

The Commerce Ministry announced a ban on imports of iron ore, iron, lead and coal from North Korea effective Tuesday — although China will continue to clear goods that have already arrived in port until Sept. 5.

At the same time, Beijing warned President Trump not to split the international coalition over North Korea by provoking a trade war between China and the United States.

Trump signed an executive memorandum Monday afternoon instructing his top trade negotiator to launch an investigation into Chinese intellectual property violations, a move that could eventually result in severe trade penalties.

 In China, these proposed measures were seen both as an attempt to pressure Beijing to act more strongly against North Korea and as an effort to shift the blame for the world's failure to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs onto China alone.

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