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China, North Korea's main ally, would likely be extremely unhappy if Pyongyang tested a missile or carried out some other act during its Communist Party Congress, held once every five years.

Bellicose statements by Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have created fears that a miscalculation could lead to action with untold ramifications.

Branches of China's biggest banks have told AFP that they have suspended financial transactions for North Koreans, a measure that is not required under United Nations sanctions.

The Chinese government has ordered all North Korean firms in the country to shut down within the next few months.

China has always been North Korea's primary beneficiary for decades, helping the rogue regime skirt sanctions by exploiting the "livelihood clause" in past resolutions, but since President Donald Trump took office, the USA has put increased pressure on China to rein in its nuclear neighbor.

"We hope the USA and North Korean politicians have sufficient political judgement to realise that resorting to military force will never be a viable way to resolve the peninsula issue and their own concerns", Lu said. "Breaking the deadlock requires all relevant parties to show their sincerity". China has also reportedly instructed its financial institutions to stop doing business with North Korea, closed border crossings, set restrictions on North Korean labor imports, and reduced fuel exports to the rogue regime. And it's uncertain how Chinese banks will respond to the latest round of sanctions by both the United Nations and the U.S.

Chinese officials complain their country bears the cost of enforcing sanctions, which have hurt businesses in its northeast that trade with the North.

The announcement comes days after China confirmed that it will apply another major part of the sanctions: a limit on exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting October 1 and a ban on textiles from its neighbour. With Donald Trump threatening North Korea with bad destruction, it is easy to see why the situation is worrying investors.

In terms of a sense of urgency, "North Korea certainly poses the greatest threat today", Dunford testified. Last week's executive order will penalize any company or person doing business with North Korea by either cutting off their access to the US financial system or freezing their assets - or potentially both.

China also has banned imports of North Korean coal, iron and lead ore, and seafood since early September.