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State Dept.: China Turns Blind Eye to NK Weapons Dealers, Money Launderers

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 December 2020 11:58 AM

China is no longer enforcing many of the U.N. sanctions against North Korea — turning a blind eye to a network of North Korean money launderers and weapons program suppliers operating in China, a State Department official said Tuesday.

In a keynote speech at a seminar in Washington, D.C., the State Department’s deputy envoy for North Korean affairs, Alex Wong, said China “was supposed to have expelled these representatives years ago, consistent with the U.N. Security Council resolutions.”

“But it hasn’t done that. And it’s not because the Chinese government is unaware of them. The United States has provided China with ample actionable information on the ongoing U.N.-prohibited activities occurring within its borders. But Beijing has chosen not to act.”

Wong called North Korea’s weapons-related trade “perhaps the most brazen of Beijing’s failures.”

“The United States and our partners have greatly narrowed the space for the DPRK to import illicit weapons-related components. But the DPRK still retains shadowy avenues to procure inputs to its weapons programs,” he said.

“The DPRK cannot do that without middlemen. It cannot do that without illicit bank accounts. It cannot do that without a network of money launderers. The overwhelming number of those middlemen, bank accounts, and money launderers operate within the borders of China. China hosts no less than two dozen North Korean WMD and ballistic missile procurement representatives and bank representatives.”

He said Beijing’s failures aren’t just limited to weapons-related trade. 

“Chinese authorities must step up their implementation and enforcement against Chinese companies, people, and vessels that use its coastal waters and ports to conduct illicit trade in all UN-prohibited commodities,” Wong said.

China has its own agenda, he said.

“I’ve spoken with enough Chinese diplomats to understand clearly what course of action the Chinese government is advocating,” Wong said. “They are seeking to revive trade links and revenue transfers to the North, thereby ensuring Chinese reach into the North’s economy. And they are seeking this all without the North Koreans engaging in serious and substantive negotiations, without an agreed road map, and without the DPRK as of yet taking any concrete steps toward denuclearization.”

Wong pledged that the U.S. will look for ways to tighten the sanctions on the regime in order to gain the leverage needed to press North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un to dismantle his nuclear arsenal.

“The United States will also continue to impose sanctions on any individual or entity perpetrating sanctions evasion, including individuals and entities within China’s jurisdiction,” he said. “These actions aimed at implementing sanctions and the ongoing enforcement efforts of our partners around the world are tough actions. But make no mistake. They are vital to our ultimate objective of peace.”

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