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“Stopping people from freely visiting North Korea is a human rights issue. You are evil,” Kim said in an apparent reference to Westerners. In a basement stall opposite China’s customs administration, North Korean Meng Qingshu had no plans to stop selling dried walleye pollack for US$10 a bag and sea cucumber for more than US$100 a bag. “We sell salty North Korean seafood,” she said. “It’s from the wild.” Seafood imports from the North have been under sanctions since August, and Meng did not explain how the fish was imported. The UN resolution shutting North Korean joint ventures and cooperative entities does not set a firm date to close, but it laid out a 120-day timetable from its passage in September. Despite its own deadline, China appears to be taking a slower approach, experts say. “The ninth is a key day, the last day for businesses to split up, and they should close,” said Lu Chao, director of the Border Study Institute at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, a government think tank. Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China upholds its UN obligations and will “seriously punish” those who violate sanctions. North and South Korea agree to military talks, Pyongyang to send athletes to Winter Olympics The 14-floor Chilbosan hotel in the heart of Shenyang, capital of the northeastern province of Liaoning, has been a key source of revenue for Pyongyang. But a woman who answered the phone at the front desk on Tuesday said they were not taking new reservations for its 154 rooms.
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