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China vows to adhere strictly to UN sanctions on North Korea

China reiterated its support for the UN Security Council's sanctions on North Korea, saying it would adhere to them very strictly. 

"Owing to China's traditional economic ties with North Korea, it will mainly be China paying the price for implementing the resolution," China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted by Reuters as saying in a statement on Tuesday. 

"But in order to protect the international non-proliferation system and regional peace and stability, China will, as before, fully and strictly properly implement the entire contents of the relevant resolution."

The United Nations Security Council unanimously voted for new sanctions on North Korea, in response to intercontinental ballistic missile tests by the state last month.

The new set of sanctions imposes bans on North Korea’s export of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood, and is expected to cut the state’s export revenue by up to a third.

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