Taiwan bans all trade with North Korea under United Nations sanctions

The North has continued to defy the worldwide community by conducting banned nuclear and missile tests regardless of the presence of around 30,000 American military personnel in South Korea - a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

South Korea expects more provocative acts by North Korea next month, to coincide with the anniversary of the founding of the North Korean communist party and China's all-important Communist Party Congress.

On Thursday, 28 September, reports Reuters with reference to the adviser on national safety of South Korea.

During a meeting with President Moon Jae-in on Thursday, national security adviser Chung Eui-yong said he expected Pyongyang to act around October 10 and 18, but gave no details.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have escalated in recent weeks as North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump exchange threats and insults over the Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development program.

"Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country", Pyongyang's top diplomat had said. "I lived in China in the 1990's when then-President Clinton made the deal with North Korea". There Are 25 million people living in Seoul, just 35 miles from the North Korean border.

Sanctions, however, are forcing North Korean workers with blacklisted entities like Namkang Construction to leave Kuwait, the Chosun Ilbo reported.

Taiwan has banned all trade activities with North Korea to comply with a United Nations resolution after Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month.

The North Korean workers were seen buying pills, including Viagra, at a pharmacy in Kuwait ahead of their departure, according to the Chosun.

The senator said he saw the importance of the US and its allies being unified against the regime.

"South Korea's external financial soundness has improved to a large extent after overcoming the previous crises in 1997 and 2008", said Hwang. It has banned imports from North Korea of coal, copper ore and textiles among others.

North Korea has accused Mr Trump of declaring war after he warned Kim's regime if he persisted in threatening the United States and its allies after telling UN General Assembly members North Korea would be "totally destroyed" in such an event.

  • Anthony Vega