China to investigate firms sanctioned by US over North Korea

Vastavam web: China said Friday it will look into charges against two Chinese firms sanctioned by the U.S. because they are suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions. China upholds all United Nations Security Council sanctions against the North over its nuclear and missile programs, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.

He said China will deal with any verified transgressors and “launch an investigation according to our domestic laws.” However, Geng said Beijing opposes unilateral sanctions on Chinese firms such as those imposed by the US separate from those of the UN. The US Treasury sanctions against the Chinese companies were the first targeted actions against Pyongyang since its nuclear negotiations with the U.S. in Hanoi last month ended without agreement.