O 170525Z APR 08 ZDK FM AMEMBASSY BEIJING TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6681
DEPT FOR EAP AND ISN/MTR
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/17/2033
TAGS: PARM PREL MTCRE KNNP CH KN
SUBJECT: CHINA INFORMED OF STEEL SHIPMENTS OF PROLIFERATION
CONCERN TO NORTH KOREA
REF: STATE 40151
Classified By: Political Regional Unit Chief Mark Tesone.
Reasons 1.4 (b), (c) and (d).
(S) PolOff urged China to investigate reftel steel shipments
to North Korea and inform the United States of the outcome of
their investigation. MFA Arms Control Department Missile
Division Third Secretary He Yi asked if any of the materials
shipped are listed in UN Security Council Resolution 1718.
PolOff noted that certain forms of titanium stabilized
stainless steel are explicitly listed in S/2006/815, while
all of the materials have direct use in missile production
and were shipped to an entity which supports North Korean
defense research and development. He Yi assured PolOff the
PRC would "try to find the company" (China Dandong Zhong Lian
Petrochemical Limited) and would "certainly fulfill the PRC's
obligations under 1718."
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