- Title: China opposes unilateral sanctions to North Korea
- Date: 2nd December 2016
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (DECEMBER 2, 2016) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG WALKING IN FOR REGULAR BRIEFING MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG SAYING: "China always firmly opposes unilateral sanctions on a country outside the framework of U.N. Security Council sanctions, and is even more opposed to any party harming China's reasonable and lawful interests through unilateral sanctions." BRIEFING IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 17th December 2016 10:24
- Keywords: China North Korea sanctions Japan South Korea
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
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- Story Text: China said on Friday (December 2) that it opposed unilateral sanctions after South Korea and Japan imposed new sanctions on North Korea.
"China always firmly opposes unilateral sanctions on a country outside the framework of U.N. Security Council sanctions, and is even more opposed to any party harming China's reasonable and lawful interests through unilateral sanctions," he told a regular news briefing.
The new U.S.-drafted U.N. resolution is intended to slash North Korea's exports of coal, its biggest export item, by about 60 percent with an annual sales cap of $400.9 million, or 7.5 million metric tonnes, whichever is lower.
It also bans North Korean copper, nickel, silver and zinc exports - and the sale of statues. Pyongyang is famous for building huge, socialist-style statues which it exports mainly to African countries.
South Korea and Japan said on Friday they would impose new unilateral sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, following a fresh U.N. Security Council resolution imposed on the reclusive country this week.
North Korea has rejected the U.N. resolution, aimed at cutting Pyongyang's annual export revenue by a quarter after its fifth and largest nuclear test in September, as a conspiracy masterminded by the United States to deny its sovereignty.
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