Sanctions: China orders North Korean firms to shut down
29 Sep 2017

China has ordered North Korean-owned companies to close, in line with UN sanctions imposed over the reclusive state’s nuclear programme.

The businesses in its territory will have to close within 120 days of the passing of the UN Security Council’s 11 September resolution of the sanctions.

The move will also apply to joint Chinese and North Korean ventures.

The UN Security Council’s measures also include a ban on the sale of all natural gas liquids to North Korea, as well as on its exports of textiles and on new visas for North Korean overseas workers. The sanctions also include limits on imports of crude oil.

In addition, the Council decided to extend a number of existing sanctions, including asset freezes on a member of the Workers’ Party of Korea Central Military Commission, the Central Military Commission of the Workers Party of North Korea, the Propaganda and Agitation Department and the Organisation and Guidance Department.

North Korea’s nuclear test earlier this month triggered calls for tighter sanctions from various countries and its ambitions have ratcheted tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.

Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, said the latest UN measures would hit Pyongyang’s ability to fuel and fund its nuclear programme, and that they would only work if they were observed strictly by all states.

On Thursday China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said: “Breaking the deadlock on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue needs all relevant parties to demonstrate sincerity and work for the shared goal.”

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