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China's exports of jet fuel to N. Korea rebounds in 2014

All Headlines 14:18 January 31, 2015

BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Yonhap) -- China's exports of jet fuel to North Korea rebounded last year, but the annual volume of shipment was still low compared with previous years, according to recently released Chinese customs data on Saturday.

China exported some 13,630 tons of jet fuel, worth US$14 million, to North Korea in 2014, compared with a meager 600 tons in 2013, when Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test.

China sold 40,611 tons of jet fuel to North Korea in 2012 and 42,251 tons in 2011.

China is North Korea's top economic benefactor, but its political ties with Pyongyang strained, particularly after the North's third nuclear test in February 2013.

No crude oil was officially sent to North Korea from China for all of last year.

South Korean diplomatic sources in Beijing, however, have cautioned against reading too much into the official Chinese trade figures because China has provided crude oil to North Korea in the form of grant aid in the past and such shipments were not recorded on paper.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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