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U.N. resolution must not affect normal life of N. Korean people: China

2016/02/26 16:50

BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Yonhap) -- A draft U.N. resolution aimed at imposing more stringent sanctions against North Korea's nuclear and missile tests should not affect the "normal life" of North Korean people, China's foreign ministry said Friday.

China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the new U.N. resolution must focus on preventing North Korea from developing its nuclear and missile programs.

"The Chinese side believes that the relevant sanctions should focus on curbing North Korea's nuclear and missile programs," Hong told a daily press briefing. "Sanctions should not affect the normal life of North Korean people."

   The draft resolution came after an agreement was reached between the United States and China, which has been reluctant to put crippling economic sanctions against North Korea due to fears over a collapse of the North Korean economy.

For the first time, the draft calls for the U.N. Security Council to impose "sectoral sanctions on the DPRK (North Korea) -- limiting, and in some instances banning outright, exports from the DPRK of coal, iron, gold, titanium, and rare earth minerals," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power told reporters in New York on Thursday.

If adopted, the draft resolution would impose financial sanctions targeting North Korean banks and assets, and ban aviation and rocket fuel supplies from going to the North.

kdh@yna.co.kr

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