UN curbs must not hit normal life of N. Korean people: China

(From Yonhap)

A draft U.N. resolution aimed at imposing more stringent sanctions against North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests should not affect the “normal life” of North Korean people, China’s foreign ministry said Friday.

China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Hong Lei

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the new U.N. resolution must focus on preventing North Korea from developing its nuclear and missile programs.

“The Chinese side believes that the relevant sanctions should focus on curbing North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs,” Hong told a daily press briefing. “Sanctions should not affect the normal life of North Korean people.”

For the first time, the draft calls for the U.N. Security Council to impose “sectoral sanctions on the DPRK (North Korea) — limiting, and in some instances banning outright, exports from the DPRK of coal, iron, gold, titanium, and rare earth minerals,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power told reporters in New York on Thursday. Read More


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