China: Coal Imports from N. Korea Not Violation of UN Resolutions

Write : 2016-09-30 09:25:24 Update : 2016-09-30 16:20:25

China: Coal Imports from N. Korea Not Violation of UN Resolutions

Beijing has claimed that its continuous imports of coal from North Korea do not violate UN Security Council resolutions, expressing opposition to Washington’s efforts to impose its own sanctions on Chinese firms with alleged links to Pyongyang's nuclear program.

In a regular media briefing on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said that China’s coal and mineral trade with the North is for civilian use only and “conforms to the provisions of relevant UN resolutions and Chinese laws and regulations.” 

The remarks were an apparent response to statements by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel. Russel said during a Senate hearing on Wednesday that the North is making one billion dollars every year from selling coal to China, which accounts for a third of its total annual exports and that the U.S. is working to fix the loophole.

Asked whether China will cooperate if the U.S. investigates additional firms linked with North Korea’s nuclear program other than Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Company, Geng said China is opposed to a country exercising "long-arm jurisdiction" by enforcing its domestic laws on Chinese enterprises and individuals.

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