June 03, 2016 12:51
North Korea's long-term allies Vietnam and China have banned North Korean officials blacklisted by the UN.
Flag carrier Vietnam Airlines asked travel agencies in mid-May to blacklist 16 North Korean officials subject to UN Security Council sanctions.
Vietnam has been implementing the sanctions more strictly since Washington lifted an embargo on sales of weapons to Hanoi, according to UPI.
On April 23, Hanoi expelled Choe Song-il, the deputy chief of the branch of North Korea’s Tanchon Commercial Bank. The bank is suspected of laundering money earned from the North's sales of weapons overseas and financing the regime's nuclear and missile programs.
China also banned a North Korean diplomat in charge of arms deals who was attempting to enter through Beijing Capital International Airport on May 20.
The man is believed to be Jang Yong-son, a North Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation representative in Iran, who flew in from Tehran.
Chinese officials tried to send him back to Iran, but he resisted so they sent him to Pyongyang.
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