SEOUL-- China has submitted to the U.N. a report on its imports of coal from North Korea between August and September amid the ongoing U.N. embargo on the product, a U.S. broadcaster said Thursday.
On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee posted a notice on its website that there was one member state that notified the panel of its procurement of coal from the North in August and September, Radio Free Asia said.
Although the committee did not name the state, the broadcaster said it was China, adding that it confirmed the name via multiple U.N. sources.
In its report, the unidentified nation said it purchased 1.63 million tons worth US$138 million in August and 511,000 tons worth $44 million in September from the North, the broadcaster said.
The reported volumes are consistent with those recently released by China's General Administration of Customs, the broadcaster added.
Earlier, the Chinese commerce ministry declared a complete ban on the imports of North Korean coal by the end of the year pursuant to U.N. Resolution 2371, adopted Aug. 5 to punish the North's two ICBM tests in July. The Chinese embargo went into effect Aug. 15.
On its continued coal imports from the North even after the ban, the ministry explained Oct. 26 that the punitive step began to be applied Sept. 5, as the U.N. resolution has a 30-day grace period.
Source: Yonhap News Agency