SEOUL: North Korea's exports fell in 2019 from four years ago as a result of tougher international economic sanctions with its trade dependence on China reaching a record, the report said Wednesday. The highest level.

According to a report from the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), the country's total overseas trade was $ 261 million last year, down 20.9 percent from a year earlier.

The figure also accounts for just one-17 of the country's 4.56 billion US dollars of exports recorded in 2015.

By contrast, Pyongyang's imports rose 15.6 percent to $ 2.68 billion last year, with its trade up 11 percent to $ 2.95 billion.