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U.S. sanctions China firms over North Korea nuke ties

Aug 23, 2017, 6:53 AM EDT
Ambassador Robert Wood, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament on North Korea.
(Source: United States Mission Geneva/flickr)

Upping the ante against North Korea’s nuclear program, the U.S. sanctioned a dozen Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for their support to Pyongyang’s weapon development. The move follows the U.N. Security Council’s vote to slap more restrictions on the North after it carried out a sting of ballistic missile tests in recent days.

The sanctions against 10 companies and six individuals are designed to squeeze out the funding for the North’s nuclear and missile programs, writes The Washington Post.

Angered Beijing called on the U.S. to “immediately correct its mistake” of punishing its firms, notes the BBC.