China condemns U.S. sanctions against suspected North Korea ties


. China lodged a strong protest following a U.S. Treasury decision to
impose sanctions on two Chinese individuals and a Chinese shipping company for
abetting North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The statement, which
included the designation of the Bank of Dandong as a money-laundering concern
on Thursday, was condemned in Beijing.

Chinese foreign
ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday the sanctions imposed on Chinese
entities represent a “violation” of an “important shared consensus”
reached during a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese
President Xi Jinping.

“The two
leaders of the United States and China reached an important shared consensus in
the talks at Mar-a-Lago, and China wants to continue the spirit of this
development trend,” Geng told reporters. “But recent and wrongful
U.S. actions violate the shared consensus.”

The spokesman then
called on the United States to “correct the wrongs” and “return
U.S.-China relations back to healthy and stable development.”

The latest U.S.
sanctions target two Chinese nationals, Li Hongri, 53, and Sun Wei, 35. Both
men are being blacklisted for facilitating North Korea’s financial

Shipping firm Dalian
Global Unity Shipping was added to the existing sanctions list for funneling
banned luxury goods to North Korea.

Kim Jong Un is
believed to reward senior North Korean officials for their loyalty with gifts
of Swiss watches and expensive cars.

In a separate
statement, North Korea condemned the United States for designating North Korea
as one of the worst offenders in human trafficking.

A North Korean
foreign ministry spokesman condemned Pyongyang’s Tier 3 designation in the U.S.
State Department report on human trafficking, and claimed the United States is
under “constant condemnation” for trafficking and rights abuses.

“The United
States has been slandering us, targeting our workers who work under legitimate
contracts in other countries,” the North Korean spokesman said.

Tens of thousands of
North Koreans are deployed to work in several countries, including China and
Russia, to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign currency for the


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