It looks like "Rocket Man' Kim Jong-un is truly burning out his fuse up here alone.
According to an Associated Press report, the Chinese government ordered all North Korean businesses in the country to close on Thursday. The Chinese also cut off foreign revenue to the North Koreans, as a result of heavy U.N. sanctions over the North Korea's refusal to terminate its nuclear and missile programs.
Consequently, North Korean business partners must close all operations in China within 120 days from the U.N. Security Council's September 11 sanctions.
These new sanctions present a particularly devastating blow to Kim Jong-un's regime, as Chinese trade accounts for 70 percent of the total trade with North Korea. China also provides most of North Korea's energy supplies, stating that it would cut off supplies of gas and limit shipments of petroleum by January 1.
Although the Chinese support U.N. sanctions, the country stated that it did not want to push too hard to ensure that the North Korean government remains intact.
The pressure on China comes after the Trump administration imposed new sanctions on North Korean banks and nationals in other countries, as well as Trump's strong-armed speech denouncing trade with the North Koreans and the brutal tactics of Kim Jong-un's regime during his first address to the U.N. General Assembly.