China Bans Export of Usable Destructive Weapons to North Korea

According to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, China has banned the exports of potentially mass destructive weapons to North Korea.

The ministry showed details and outlined bans on 32 materials, technologies, and equipments that may be used as conventional weapons.

The list of items reflect a United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution agreed by China on September 2017; but the recent announcement comes as China has been trying to strengthen its leverage over Pyongyang.

“As part of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2575, in accordance with Articles 16 and 18 of the foreign trade law, to stop exporting dual-use materials and technologies related to weapons of mass destruction and their means of transportation, as well as dual-use materials for conventional weapons, to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK),” the statement reads.

The UN Security Council has tightened trade restrictions as the North Korean government continues its development of nuclear programs.

Earlier, China banned imports such as coal, iron ore, and lead from DPRK, as part of the UN Security Council resolution framework. This has resulted a major cut off of foreign currency revenue for Pyongyang.

Also, the latest ban includes components, software and tools for aircraft manufacturing, laser beam machines, sensor devices, video cameras, carbon fiber, high-voltage and high-temperature equipment, and chemical tools.

Furthermore, North Korean businesses in China were ordered for closing, and migrant workers were sent home.

As a result, these increased pressure for DPRK’s survival on its economy and defense. A talk about DPRK’s nuclear disarmament might happen when its leader, Kim Jong Un, meets US president Donald Trump.

China Tightens its Relationship with UN

United Nation members flags with China and UN logo highlighted in it

China, imposing bans and leverage in its biggest trade partner Pyongyang, makes it one step ahead of its good relationship with the UN.

On Sunday, Chinese Premier Kequiang met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to strengthen cooperation between China and the UN.

Li said that China has deeply integrated into the world and needs a peaceful and stable external environment. He added that China, as the largest developing country, is willing to shoulder international responsibilities commensurate with its status.

Furthermore, he said that China is willing to work with the international community to support liberalization of trade and investment, oppose protectionism, and make globalization to be more open, inclusive, balanced, and mutually beneficial. He added that China firmly supports the basic international rules founded on the UN charter.

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