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China asks for hold on U. N. ban of North Korea traders

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China’s government said Tuesday it asked for a hold on a U. S. request for United Nations sanctions against ships accused of helping North Korea evade sanctions imposed over its weapons programs while it looks into who would be affected. Beijing needs time to investigate because the request to
China’s government said Tuesday it asked for a hold on a U. S. request for United Nations sanctions against ships accused of helping North Korea evade sanctions imposed over its weapons programs while it looks into who would be affected.
Beijing needs time to investigate because the request to ban violators from global ports and blacklist trading companies covers a “large number of ships and entities,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang.
Washington requested the sanctions following reports foreign traders are helping North Korea violate limits on oil imports and other trade imposed in an effort to pressure leader Kim Jong Un to stop nuclear and missile development.
China was long North Korea’s diplomatic protector and accounts for most of its trade but has supported the latest sanctions out of frustration with Pyongyang’s weapons development.

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