China has banned the export to North Korea of items that could be used in the development of nuclear weapons, missiles, and other weapons of mass destruction. China’s decision marks its implementation of another of the prohibitions set out in the UN’s wide-ranging new sanctions on North Korea introduced in March, which it jointly drafted with the US (see previous blog). Since that time, China has also implemented the UN’s ban on imports of North Korean coal and iron ore, and on sales of aviation fuel to North Korea.
China’s Ministry of Commerce has said that 40 items are covered by the new prohibition, which is effective immediately, and includes cutting and laser-welding equipment, metal alloys, and materials that could be used in the production of chemical weapons.
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