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The sanctions being considered would seek to apply economic pressure on businesses and companies in countries with ties to North Korea by denying them access to the USA market and financial system.

In the first six months of this year, trade between China and North Korea increased 10.5 percent to $2.5 billion, compared to the same period last year, according to official figures from Beijing.

But customs administration spokesman Huang Songping said Beijing was upholding the United Nations sanctions against the regime of Kim Jong-Un.

The Council of the European Union strongly condemned North Korea's missile test as it poses a serious threat to worldwide peace and security, it said in a statement.

Prospects for talks on family reunions are less good because North Korea has previously demanded that South Korea repatriate some North Korean defectors living in the South before any reunions take place, according to the analysts.

During a U.N. Security Council meeting last week, Haley threatened secondary sanctions if the council could not agree on new sanctions - though she did not cite China by name.

China announced in February the suspension of coal imports from the North, striking a blow at a major source of income for the hermit state.

"Trade related to the people's livelihood in North Korea, especially if it embodies humanitarian principles, should not be affected by sanctions", said Huang at a separate news briefing. The move came as part of the global pressure on Pyongyang to curb its nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea imports nearly all of its oil and gas from China; most of that comes through CNPC. "So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!"

Previous Chinese customs data showed two-way trade with the North had risen 30.6 percent in dollar terms in the first three months of the year. He also said, "we need to see what sanctions are most successful".

She told the Security Council last week that the U.S. planned a new resolution that would also ensure existing measures are enforced. Their state media reported, "As a full-fledged nuclear power that has been possessed of the most powerful intercontinental ballistic rocket capable of hitting any part of the world, along with nuclear weapons, the DPRK [North Korea] will fundamentally put an end to the us nuclear war threat and blackmail".

The U.S. wants to toughen United Nations sanctions against the North, including restricting oil sales.

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