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North Korean firms in China ordered to close by January under UN sanctions

The US has pressed China to use its economic leverage to strongarm North Korea

AFP | PTI  |  Beijing 

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People’s Republic of China Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, during a bilateral meeting (Photo: Reuters)

has ordered North Korean companies in the country to shut down by January as it applies imposed following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test, the ministry said today.

The ministry said the companies, including joint ventures with Chinese firms, have 120 days to close from the date the resolution was adopted, September 11.

The announcement comes days after confirmed that it will apply another major part of the sanctions: a limit on of refined products to starting October 1 and a ban on from its neighbour.

China's application of is particularly biting for is Pyongyang's main ally and trading partner, responsible for around 90 per cent of the hermit nation's

The has pressed to use its economic leverage to strongarm into giving up its nuclear ambitions.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit this weekend for talks with China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

First Published: Thu, September 28 2017. 17:14 IST