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China voices opposition to S. Korea's unilateral sanctions against N. Korea

All Headlines 16:57 March 09, 2016

BEIJING, March 9 (Yonhap) -- China on Wednesday voiced opposition to unilateral sanctions by South Korea against North Korea for its recent nuclear test and rocket launch, saying such sanctions "should not harm China's legitimate interests."

Under the punitive measures announced by South Korea on Tuesday, Seoul will slap new sanctions on 40 individuals and 30 entities linked to North Korea's arms program. It will also ban any ship that has stopped at a North Korean port in the past 180 days from entering South Korean waters.

"We believe that unilateral sanctions do not provide a way to solve the issue," China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei replied, when asked about the South Korean sanctions.

"And relevant sanctions should not harm China's legitimate interests," Hong said.

The decision by South Korea to impose more unilateral sanctions against North Korea followed a new U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at punishing the North for conducting its fourth nuclear test and launch of a long-range rocket this year.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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