USA slaps sanctions on Russian, Chinese entities for supporting North Korea

Pyongyang warns against US-South Korea drills

Yesterday, U.S. treasury department announced that it is imposing sanctions against 10 foreign entities largely Chinese and Russian and against 6 individuals for dealings with North Korea in violation of existing United Nations resolution.

The unilateral US actions contribute neither to solving problems on the Korean Peninsula, nor to Sino-US trust, the spokeswoman said, adding that Beijing has urged Washington to drop the sanctions.

She said the United States should "immediately correct its mistake", and reiterated China's calls for restraint and dialogue to resolve the situation with North Korea. "It is unacceptable for individuals and companies in China, Russia, and elsewhere to enable North Korea to generate income used to develop weapons of mass destruction and destabilize the region", said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The latest steps stopped short of targeting Chinese financial institutions dealing with North Korea, a step that would have greatly angered Beijing. Among the six individuals, one was Chinese, four were Russians and one was North Korean.

"We need to see more on their part", Tillerson said.

The agency's actions seek to comply with the resolution enacted by the United Nations Security Council on August 5 as a measure against North Korea's continued ballistic missile tests, the Treasury said Tuesday.

Imports of iron ore from North Korea fell 24.5 percent in July from the same month a year earlier to 175,980 tonnes, according to the General Administration of Customs.

A Chinese national who has a million-dollar home listed in Long Island, New York, is linked to a company that is suspected of helping North Korea dodge sanctions, NBC News reports.

"Washington should have learned that for us the language of sanctions is unacceptable", Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said in a statement on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website.

"It's a message to firms throughout the world that the going to target these entities and you can not hide behind the cover of being in China or Russia", Boydston told NPR in an interview. The Treasury Department says North Korea generates about a billion dollars a year from coal exports and singled out three Chinese companies, which it says imported nearly half a billion dollars in North Korean coal between 2013 and 2016.

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