China Imposes Sanctions on North Korea
07.15.2009 – China has announced it would impose a UN-mandated travel and
asset ban on senior North Korean officials as a consequence of its continued
missile and nuclear activity, a first for one of the hermit state’s few and long time
The move may indicate that China is becoming more committed in reigning in its
unpredictable neighbor amid speculations that North Korean leader Kim Jung-Il is
sick with pancreatic cancer and has already chosen his youngest son, Kim Jong-un,
to replace him.
Since the 1950s, China has been sending aid to North Korea in efforts to prevent its
instability from spilling over to its 1,416 kilometer shared border.
According to Press Tv, China’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Liu
Zhenmin said the sanctions will affect senior North Korean officials handling the
country’s nuclear and missile programs.
Pyongyang’s international diplomatic ties have been strained recently because of its
continued stance to launch short- and medium-range missiles despite UN
This article was written for the Asian business news blog, 2point6billion.com. The
blog is contributed to by writers from Dezan Shira & Associates, including Chris
Devonshire-Ellis and Nazia Vasi.
Dezan Shira & Associates is a China tax, accounting and legal consulting firm, with
offices around Asia.
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