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The US targets Chinese and Russian entities that help North Korea

The United States is imposing sanctions on Chinese and Russian companies and individuals for supporting North Korean weapons programs, including those dealing in Pyongyang’s energy trade and helping North Korean entities gain access to the US and international financial system.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control designated 10 “third-country” entities, including six Chinese-owned, one Russian, one North Korean and two based in Singapore.

They include one Namibia-based subsidiary of a Chinese company and a North Korean entity operating in Namibia. The six individuals include four Russians, one Chinese and one North Korean, according to a treasury department statement.

The new designations complement United Nations sanctions imposed this month in response to five North Korean nuclear weapons tests and four long-range missile launches. North Korea has been under UN sanctions since 2006 over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

The UN Security Council on 5 August unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea that could slash the Asian state’s $3 billion annual export revenue by one-third.

The US-drafted resolution banned North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working abroad, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures.


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