China Implements Sanctions and US Notes Changing Policy

Write : 2017-09-29 11:33:05 Update : 2017-09-29 13:18:22

China Implements Sanctions and US Notes Changing Policy

Anchor: China has ordered all North Korean companies based in the country to close down within 120 days of the September 12th UN Security Council sanctions imposed on North Korea. A senior U.S. official noted that China’s policy on North Korea is shifting and Beijing is making progress in implementing the sanctions.
Our Park Jong-hong has more.
 
Report: China's Ministry of Commerce announced on its Web site on Thursday that it has ordered all North Korean companies based in the country to close down in four months, saying that it took the action in line with the UN Security Council(UNSC) resolution adopted in the wake of the North’s sixth nuclear test on September third.
 
Under the measure, North Korean firms or joint ventures in China and overseas Chinese joint ventures with North Korean entities or individuals will be closed no later than January ninth next year.
 
Non-commercial organizations and those involved in nonprofit infrastructure development will not be subject to the move.
 
The latest measure came just five days after China limited oil exports to the North last Saturday in line with UNSC Resolution 2375 adopted on September 12th.
 
There is speculation that China is trying to show its commitment to the UN resolution and its will to intensify pressure against North Korea ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to China over the weekend.
 
A senior U.S. official says that China is seen to be changing its policy on North Korea, noting that Beijing is making progress in enforcing sanctions imposed on Pyongyang.
 
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton gave the assessment on Thursday during a Senate hearing just before leaving for China with Tillerson.
 
Thornton said that the success of this pressure strategy will depend on cooperation from international partners, especially Beijing.
 
She added Washington is working closely with China to execute this strategy and urged the U.S. Congress not to rush to enact new sanctions before giving Beijing’s efforts a chance to take effect.
 
Meanwhile, Tillerson says that North Korea will be one of the major topics for talks during his trip to China.
 
When asked about the top agenda for his trip, he said that he will discuss preparations for President Donald Trump’s China visit, as well as the North Korean issue.
 
The secretary is expected to urge China to further intensify pressure against North Korea during his trip over the weekend.
Park Jong-hong, KBS World Radio News.

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