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Kang Mi-jin, a defector who speaks regularly to market sources inside North Korea and reports commodity prices for Daily NK, said the price spikes in recent weeks were caused initially by the rumours - later confirmed - that China was restricting the flow of oil to North Korea.

Tillerson's statement comes days after the US announced it was cutting financial ties between US banks and China's Bank of Dandong, which the administration claims acts as a pipeline to support alleged illicit North Korean financial activity. It conducted the first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this month, claiming to have mastered the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on the missile. Typically, Pyongyang would like to end the routine joint military drills undertaken by South Korea and the United States along the border, while Seoul would like the loudspeaker propaganda broadcasted by both sides to cease.

"Talks and cooperation between the two Koreas to ease tension and bring about peace on the Korean peninsula will be instrumental for pushing forth a mutual, virtuous cycle for inter-Korea relations and North Korea's nuclear problem", the South's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told a news briefing.

"We make the proposal for a meeting. aimed at stopping all hostile activities that escalate military tension along the land border", the defence ministry said in a statement.

Though plenty of sanctions have been lifted on Myanmar since the country's reforms, those with respect to North Korea have stayed in place, according to Ruggiero.

The last inter-Korean governmental talks were held in 2015.

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Yun attended a conference in Singapore over the weekend focusing on tension on the Korean peninsula over the North's unrelenting nuclear and missile programmes.

The North has conducted two nuclear tests since the beginning of last year and missile-related activities at an unprecedented pace. South Korea's Red Cross said on Monday, July 17, 2017, it wants separate talks at the border village on Aug. 1 to discuss family reunions.

North Korea is believed to possess hundreds of missiles capable of striking South Korea and Japan.

However, North Korea is not wavering from its stand. Its foreign ministry has said that, if additional sanctions are imposed on it by the UN Security Council because of the test-launch of its ICBM, it would not remain quiet.

North Korea experts say the North is likely to agree to reopen military talks, reported Yonhap.

North Korea gets most of its fuel from China, with some coming from Russia.

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CNPC declined to comment on Monday when asked by Reuters if fuel sales to North Korea had resumed.

The paper by Catherine Dill and Jeffrey Lewis of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, said the site near the town of Minbu was staffed by up to 300 North Koreans.

The call to conversation from the newly in-office President Moon marks a change in approach for the South Korean government's stance towards its northern neighbor. The bill passed with 344 in favor and 81 against, and it must still be revised by the Senate.

"Sixty-three percent of them are more than 80 years old".

The Sudanese government responded to the recent decision by freezing talks with the United States on the sanctions issue until October, according to the state-run Sudan News Agency.

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