US hits Chinese and Russian firms over North Korea

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Posted By :Manju Shukla
Date  23/08/2017

The US has imposed sanctions on a dozen Russian and Chinese companies and individuals it accuses of helping North Korea`s nuclear weapons programme.

It comes after the UN Security Council, including Russia and China, voted for further sanctions against Pyongyang.

The US Treasury said its actions would "increase pressure" on North Korea, but the move has angered China.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, meanwhile, praised North Korea for "a level of restraint" in recent days.

"We have had no missile launches or provocative acts on the part of North Korea since the unanimous adoption of the UN Security Council resolution," he said.

This, he said, could pave the way for talks between the two sides "sometime in the near future".

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