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US sanctions 2 Chinese shippers over North Korea trade

Treasury lists dozens of vessels suspected of banned activities

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announces North Korea-related sanctions at the White House in 2018.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- A pair of Chinese shipping companies have been blacklisted by American authorities for allegedly helping North Korea evade U.S. and international sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs, tightening the Trump administration's net as it pushes denuclearization talks with Pyongyang.

Dalian Haibo International Freight was designated for providing goods and services for Paeksol Trading, overseen by North Korea's Reconnaissance General Bureau, the Treasury Department said Thursday. Paeksol has been subject to U.S. sanctions.

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