World War 3: USA FURIOUS at China ‘flagrant violation’ over North Korea
Deputy Assistant Secretary for North Korea Alex Wong accused China of seeking to undo a United Nations sanctions regime aimed at persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. He warned of new US sanctions against China-based individuals and entities in response. A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday that China had always implemented the sanctions seriously, and that countries should care more about how sanctions had affected North Koreans’ “humanitarian livelihood”.
Wong said China had continued to host at least 20,000 North Korean laborers in violation of UN bans, and that in the past year the United States had observed ships carrying prohibited coal or other sanctioned goods from North Korea to China on 555 separate occasions.
“On none of these occasions … did the Chinese authorities act to stop these illicit imports,” Wong told Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies.
He said China currently hosted at least two dozen North Korean representatives connected to Pyongyang’s weapons programs or banks, and Chinese firms had continued to do business with UN-sanctioned entities with key roles in those programs.
Wong said China “increasingly allows” its companies to conduct trade with North Korea in a broad spectrum of UN-prohibited goods, including seafood, textiles, iron and steel, industrial machinery, vehicles, sand and gravel.