The state-owned Bank of China has shut the account of a North Korean bank accused by the United States of supporting the North's nuclear programme, Dow Jones Newswires said Tuesday.
North Korean banknotes are displayed on a table at the Unification Ministry in Seoul on February 2, 2009. The state-owned Bank of China has shut the account of a North Korean bank the US accuses of backing Pyongyang's nuclear programme, Dow Jones said Tuesday, citing a statement from the Chinese entity.
The closure would be the first openly acknowledged move by an institution in China -- the North's key backer -- against North Korean interests in the current stand-off, which escalated in February with Pyongyang's third atomic test.
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