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China exploits sanctions on N.K. for profit: RFA

2017/01/11 15:33

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- China is exploiting the United Nations' economic sanctions on North Korea for its own interest by blocking aid from third countries from entering the North via its territory while allowing relief goods purchased on its soil to be sent to the economically devastated nation, a U.S, broadcaster, monitored here, reported Wednesday.

The Chinese government is preventing foreign aid and relief goods from entering the North under the pretext of U.N. sanctions, Radio Free Asia said, citing Stephan Burckhardt, an official in charge of North Korea of the Swiss-based relief agency Agape International. On the other hand, the Chinese authorities are permitting relief goods purchased in their country to be taken into the North, Burckhardt said in an email to the broadcaster.

It appears to be an act to pretend to faithfully implement the sanctions outwardly while making its own profits internally, the broadcaster said.

The Swiss organization made the same claim via its homepage on Tuesday, although the U.N. has excluded humanitarian aid from its sanctions list.

For many years, the organization has been inviting North Korean experts to Switzerland to teach them to cultivate fruit.

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