Did China just break its promise not to buy North Korean coal?

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An official points to North Korea's northeastern county of Kilju, where the communist country conducted a fifth nuclear test, at the Korea Meteorological Agency in Seoul on September 9, 2016. Chinese customs data released Tuesday shows China accepted about 1.64 million tons of North Korean coal worth some $138.1 million in August, when the UN Security Council expanded sanctions to a complete halt on coal shipments and banned Pyongyang from exporting iron, lead and seafood, The Wall Street Journal reports.

It will be Tillerson's second visit to China and comes amid escalating tensions between the USA and North Korea.

The sanctions come as Mr Trump and North Korean despot Kim Jong-un traded insults and officials in Pyongyang accused the USA of declaring war.

South Korea is one of the world's busiest trading hubs for cryptocurrencies, with Seoul-based Bithumb ranking as the world's largest exchange for the ethereum virtual currency.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit China this week to discuss President Donald Trump's planned travel to the region and North Korea.

Nauert called China's efforts to implement tougher United Nations sanctions on North Korea after its recent missile and nuclear tests "significant".

The ban China announced in February was imposed so abruptly that "a lot of coal had already arrived at Chinese ports but had not passed through the customs", Zhao said, leaving the shipments stuck in limbo for months. "It makes me question not just why coal imports appear to be happening again but what was the real volume of imports in the months it reported there were none".

"I don't think this was an act of bad faith", he said, adding that it generated only a "modest amount of money" for North Korea that was unlikely to have a material impact on its nuclear program.

Customs data showed China imported coal from North Korea in August for the first time since February, despite United Nations sanctions banning such purchases.

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