Beijing Orders Strict Implementation of N.Korea Sanctions

The Chinese government has instructed agencies to strictly implement UN sanctions against North Korea imposed after the North's latest nuclear test. There are increasing signs that Beijing is losing patience with the antics of its impoverished ally.

Back on April 17, the Chinese Transport Ministry sent a memorandum to subsidiary agencies instructing them to strictly implement UN Security Council Resolution 2094, the official Economic Daily reported Monday.

A similar document was sent to the People's Bank of China, public security agencies, customs offices, and border patrol units.

The ministry said UNSC Resolution 2094 bans the trade with North Korea of eight more items, including those related to nuclear and biochemical weapons and ballistic missiles, and luxury goods such as yachts and jewelry. It then stressed that the resolution must be implemented strictly "to fulfill international obligations."

It also specified that three North Korean company representatives in China and North Korean agencies such as Korea Complex Equipment Import Corporation and the Second Academy of Natural Science were newly added to the list of UN sanctions targets.

Since the North's third nuclear test in February, China has been more active than ever before in implementing UNSC sanctions.

Beijing has even imposed sanctions of its own on the North, cracking down on illegal money exchange and remittance by Chinese branches of North Korean banks, and making it more difficult for North Korean laborers to obtain work visas.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 30, 2013 11:32 KST