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China issues long list of banned items for exports to N. Korea

All Headlines 14:08 September 24, 2013

BEIJING, Sept. 24 (Yonhap) -- China has issued a lengthy list of dual-use products and technologies banned from exports to its wayward ally North Korea, citing their possible use in building weapons of mass destruction.

China's commerce ministry on Monday released the 236-page list on its website, in the latest sign that Beijing may exert more influence to rein in Pyongyang.

Though traditionally North Korea's staunch ally and biggest trading partner, China has become more frustrated with the North's unpredictable behavior, particularly after its third nuclear test in February.

China voted in favor of the U.N. Security Council resolution that tightened sanctions to penalize the North for its nuclear weapons test, and it has since stepped up its diplomatic efforts to restart the long-stalled six-party talks aimed at ending the North's nuclear program.

"In order to implement relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions, the dual-use products and technologies related to weapons of mass destruction, which were included in the list, are banned from being exported to North Korea," the Chinese ministry said in a statement.

The ban took effect on Monday.

Meanwhile, North Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan visited Beijing last week and called for a resumption of the six-party talks "without preconditions."

South Korea, the U.S. and Japan have insisted that a new round of six-party talks won't take place unless North Korea demonstrates its seriousness about denuclearization through concrete actions.

The off-and-on forum that involves the two Koreas, China, the U.S., Japan and Russia has been stalled since late 2008. North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests since 2006.


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