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China Bans Exports to North Korea of Weapons-Related Goods

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping pass an honor guard during Kim’s unofficial visit to Beijing last month. | REUTERS

BEIJING – China has banned exports to North Korea of electronics and other goods that can be used in making weapons, tightening U.N. sanctions imposed over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development.

The ban covers “dual use” industrial components, metal alloys and other materials that can be used in both civilian products and weapons, according to a Commerce Ministry statement issued late Sunday.

The U.N. Security Council has steadily tightened trade restrictions as leader Kim Jong Un’s government pressed ahead with nuclear and missile development in defiance of foreign pressure.

Beijing was long Pyongyang’s diplomatic protector but has supported the U.N. sanctions out of frustration at what Chinese leaders see as their neighbor’s increasingly reckless behavior.

China accounts for nearly all of the isolated North’s trade and energy supplies.

The latest ban includes components, software and tools for aircraft manufacturing, carbon fiber, high-voltage and high-temperature equipment, and tools for mixing and measuring chemicals.

Beijing previously imposed limits on oil sales and cut deeply into the North’s revenue by banning purchases of its coal, textiles and seafood. North Korean businesses in China were ordered to close and migrant workers were sent home … (read more)

via The Japan Times

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