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China urges US to stop ‘mistaken actions’ on North Korea

(Web Desk) – China has warned the United States that its wrong policies on North Korea could seriously undermine cooperation between Beijing and Washington to contain Pyongyang’s weapons program.

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement Saturday calling new US sanctions on North Korea part of “mistaken actions” that could further complicate the stand-off in the Korean Peninsula.

“We have already lodged stern representations with the U.S. side about this issue, and demand the US side immediately stops such relevant mistaken actions to avoid harming bilateral cooperation in the relevant area,” said the ministry.

The statement comes a day after the US authorities said they were imposing their largest package of sanctions aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs.

China, a major ally and of North Korea and its neighbor, has complied with previous international sanctions on North Korea, with many of its companies reducing or cutting their lucrative trade and business with Pyongyang.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry highlighted the fact that the coordinated international action on North Korea was enough and warned that extra actions by Washington could undermine China’s trust.

“China resolutely opposes the US side enacting unilateral sanctions and ‘long-armed jurisdiction’ in accordance with its domestic law against Chinese entities or individuals,” said the statement.

The US has engineered some unprecedented and crippling international sanctions on North Korea since July when Pyongyang intensified its tests of long-range missiles and nuclear bombs.

The new sanctions announced Friday by the US Treasury Department cover one person, 27 companies and 28 ships, many of them operating in mainland China or on Taiwan and Hong Kong.

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