USA sanctions China, Russia entities, individuals over N. Korea's nuclear program

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In Dandong, a Chinese border town, AFP found last month that vibrant trade continued despite sanctions - with many Chinese shops continuing to offer jewels made of North Korean gold and silver, which have always been banned from the other side.

Among the flurry of US legal maneuverings on Tuesday involving North Korea, maybe the most revealing involves a federal lawsuit aimed at the businesses of one Chinese entrepreneur. The Washington DC-based outlet interviewed a senior defector who said the DPRK had procured Russian oil products through companies in Singapore.

The Trump administration angered China this week by slapping punitive measures on several Chinese and Russian companies accused of supporting the North Korean nuclear programme and attempting to evade USA sanctions.

The companies under sanction include Gefest-M, a Moscow-based firm accused of acquiring metals for a North Korean company, and Mingzheng International Trading, a Chinese and Hong Kong-based bank that supposedly conducted transactions on behalf of North Korea.

A manager surnamed Lan at Jinhou was reluctant to discuss the issue, but said he was unaware that the company had been sanctioned.

Duitsman's analysis was based on photos released by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday, which featured leader Kim Jong-un inspecting the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science, during which he ordered scientists there to produce more solid-fuel rocket engines and warhead tips for intercontinental ballistic missiles.

"China opposes unilateral sanctions out of the U.N. Security Council framework, especially the "long-arm jurisdiction" over Chinese entities and individuals exercised by any country in accordance with its domestic laws".

The other method of evasion more directly involves the front companies, according to the government. -China cooperation on efforts to rein in North Korean nuclear activity.

"When it comes to North Korea, Russia is on the same page with South Korea: sanctions, pressure and dialogue must go together".

"I support strong sanctions against those enabling North Korea to advance its missile program, and I am pleased by the US Treasury's action today", Senator Joe Donnelly, Ranking Member of the senate-banking-subcommittee-on-national-security/172756" target=_blank Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance, said. In recent years, Washington in theory should have learned that for us the language of sanctions is unacceptable, and the solutions to real problems are only hindered by such actions.

"We strongly urge the USA to immediately correct its mistake, so as not to impact bilateral cooperation on relevant issues", she added.

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