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China’s Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday announced an export prohibition list of dual-use items and technologies related to North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and conventional arms programs.
The list was jointly released by five government agencies, including the Commerce Ministry, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the Atomic Energy Authority, the General Administration of Customs and the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND), to “implement United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.”
China said the country listed the banned items and technologies in line with UNSC Resolution 2321, adopted on November 30 in the wake of Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test in September.
“In accordance with Articles 16 and 18 of the Foreign Trade Law of the People’s Republic of China, the dual-use goods and technologies related to weapons of mass destruction and their delivery means and dual-use items for conventional arms are prohibited to export to the DPRK,” the Commerce Ministry said in a written statement.
“The announcement shall come into force on the date of promulgation.”
On June 14 last year, four Chinese government departments, SASTIND not included, released a list of dual-use items and technologies linked to WMDs and their delivery means, but an embargo on conventional weapons exports was not included.
China’s move is consistent with the UNSC’s decision to announce a “conventional arms dual-use list” on December 15 which was included for the first time in resolution 2321.
“The implementation of Security Council resolutions is the joint obligation of the members of the United Nations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Thursday, when asked why the Chinese government had announced a list of dual-use items for conventional weapons for the first time.
Concerning WMDs, the Commerce Ministry banned “high-speed cameras” and “modeling and design software related to aerodynamics and thermodynamics analysis of rockets” from export to the DPRK, saying they may be used in the country’s nuclear and missile program.
China’s Commerce Ministry categorized banned dual-use items which have a conventional arms-related application, but it used the same category as the UNSC’s prohibited list released in December.
Mobile telecommunications interception or jamming equipment, monitoring equipment for the communications sectors and optical sensors, cameras “incorporating image intensifier tubes,” and radar systems are also banned from export to North Korea.
The long list of prohibited items also contained various types of submarines and remotely operated underwater vehicles, such as manned and unmanned untethered submersible vehicles and unmanned, tethered submersible vehicles designed to operate at depths exceeding 1000 meters.
“Robots specially designed for underwater use,” and “noise reduction systems designed for use on vessels of 1,000 tons displacement” are on the list.
South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday welcomed China’s decision.
“China continues to express its stance to faithfully implement United Nation Security Council resolution imposing sanctions against North Korea,” an official at MOFA, who wished to remain anonymous, told NK News.
“Our government will continue to make diplomatic efforts for the faithful implementation of Security Council resolutions in cooperation with the international community.”
On December 9, China’s Ministry of Commerce and General Administration of Customs announced that the import of coal from the DPRK would be temporarily suspended from December 11 to 31.
But the South China Morning Post reported on Monday that China’s imports of coal from the North had jumped to 2 million tons in December, up 13 percent from a year earlier, citing data from China’s General Administration of Customs.
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