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S. Korea reiterates cooperation with China in implementing N.K. sanctions

All Headlines 18:04 April 14, 2016

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- The Foreign Ministry reiterated Thursday that it would cooperate closely with China in the faithful enforcement of the latest round of U.N. Security Council (UNSC) sanctions on North Korea.

The ministry's remarks came a day after Beijing's official data showed that trade volume between China and the North posted double-digit growth in the first quarter of 2016 from a year earlier despite the international sanctions adopted to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear test in January and long-range rocket launch in February.

"As the UNSC sanctions resolution was adopted in early March and the enforcement takes various procedures and steps, it is reasonable that we should still watch the implementation process of the sanctions," ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said during a press briefing.

"We will continue to consult with the Chinese government to conscientiously enforce the UNSC sanctions through close (bilateral) cooperation."

According to China's General Administration of Customs, the size of trade between the North and China stood at 7.79 billion yuan (US$1.2 billion) in the January-March period, up 12.7 percent from the same period last year

Asked about the whereabouts of North Korean workers in a China-based restaurant -- aside from the 13 workers who have already defected to the South, Cho refused to comment on them, citing their safety.

"Our government's basic position has been that we cannot divulge concrete information on the North Korean defectors due to various reasons including their safety," he said.

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