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China enforces restriction on North Korean coal imports

Chinaimposed restriction on imports of coal from North Korea on April 5 in response tothe U.N.'s call to enforce sanctions against the country for its continued nuclearand missile tests, reported The Associated Press.

In March,the U.N. Security Council approved sanctions against North Korea which include inspectionsof cargo bound to and from the country, the report said, adding that the councilalso asked other nations to cooperate in enforcing said sanctions.

Chinahas halted most imports of North Korean coal, iron, iron ore, gold, titanium andother mineral commodities which are an important source of revenue for the country,reported the AP. However, materials for civilian use would be allowed so long asthey are not linked to the North's nuclear or missile programs, the report said,citing China's Ministry of Commerce.

Accordingto the AP, China is also banning the sale of jet fuel to North Korea, which mightpotentially result in grounding Air Koryo, Pyongyang's state-owned airline.