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Anlsvrthng

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Pyongyang, February 25 (KCNA) -- The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK issued the following press statement on Sunday:

omissis................<< As we have stated on numerous occasions, we will consider any type of blockade an act of war against us, and if U.S. has indeed the guts to confront us in "rough" manner, we will not necessarily take the trouble to stop it.>>......

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Even the ships doing smugling that would be a matter of NK and the flag state/owener state, not the affair of the US.

I think China won't be happy about it, considering the Yinhe incident.

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Exclusive: U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders - sources..



"The Trump administration and key Asian allies are preparing to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could include deploying U.S. Coast Guard forces to stop and search vessels in Asia-Pacific waters, senior U.S. officials said."

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B.I.B.

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Exclusive: U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders - sources..



"The Trump administration and key Asian allies are preparing to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could include deploying U.S. Coast Guard forces to stop and search vessels in Asia-Pacific waters, senior U.S. officials said."

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Is it usual for the U.S. Coast Guard to operate so far from home shores?
 

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North Korea Drops Troop Demand, but U.S. Reacts Warily....



" Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, has removed a key obstacle to negotiations with Washington by no longer demanding that American troops be removed from South Korea as a condition for denuclearizing his country, the South’s president, Moon Jae-in, said Thursday.

For decades, the reclusive country, an ally of China, has persistently demanded the withdrawal of 28,500 American troops in South Korea, citing their presence as a pretext to justify its development of nuclear weapons. The demand has always been a nonstarter for South Korean and American negotiators."

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North Korea Says It Has Suspended Nuclear, Missile Testing...



"North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the country is making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy."

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By: Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Wall Street Journal has an interesting and thoroughly researched
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, on North Korea’s use of a technique to synthetically produce synthetic fuels from coal:

China, North Korea’s longtime ally, has provided technology and expertise for the coal-conversion efforts, according to Chinese companies. One said in July that it is supplying a large coal gasifier designed to produce 40,000 cubic meters an hour of synthetic gas to an industrial zone north of Pyongyang.

That output alone would be enough to produce synthetic fuels equivalent to about 10% of North Korea’s annual imports of crude and refined oil in recent years, according to David Von Hippel, an expert on North Korea’s energy sector at the Nautilus Institute.

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gelgoog

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Even if you have syngas production that is not enough to make synthetic fuels like diesel. It can be used to replace methane in a lot of industrial processes however.
The world's largest manufacturer of synthetic fuels right now is probably Qatar and I think their factory uses technology by Sasol from South Africa. AFAIK China also has some expertise in the area but it is a lot more limited.
 

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