China moves to implement UN sanctions on North Korea

SEOUL, June 28 (UPI) — China has submitted an implementation report in accordance with United Nations Security Council Sanctions Resolution 2270, the latest round of embargoes against North Korea.

A South Korean diplomatic official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said Beijing submitted the report on North Korea sanctions on June 20, more than two weeks past a deadline of June 2, Yonhap reported.

The report is undergoing translation and is expected to be available on the U.N.’s North Korea sanctions committee website, the South Korean official said.

Despite the report’s delay, China’s timing on submissions has improved. In 2013, China took seven months to present an implementation report in accordance with Resolution 2094, according to South Korea press.

Resolution 2270 requires all U.N. member states to submit an implementation report within 90 days of adoption of sanctions.

China has shown more commitment to applying the sanctions to its neighbor after North Korea announced its fourth nuclear test in January and launched a long-range rocket in February.

Beijing began banning North Korean imports and exports, including coal, iron, iron ore, gold, titanium and rare earth elements in April.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China and the United States have a “responsibility to work together” on North Korea denuclearization, and Beijing’s willingness to cooperate with the U.N. shows “commitment,” the South Korean official said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday China has “consistently and with integrity carried out its international obligations and has been implementing the resolutions.”

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