China banned Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) individuals and enterprises from setting up new business in China, following through on new UN sanctions which were imposed in response to DPRK's missile tests last month.
New joint ventures, new wholly-owned businesses and any new investment in current entities involving DPRK individuals or companies are prohibited in China, according to a notice released on the Ministry of Commerce's website late on Friday.
Applications for new or expanded investment in the DPRK by Chinese companies would not be approved, the ministry added. The new measures take effect immediately.
The UN approved sanctions against Pyongyang earlier this month that could cost the country one billion US dollars a year in revenue, according to the figures provided to the Security Council by the US delegation.
China pledged to fully enforce the sanctions. Last Monday, China imposed import bans on iron, iron ore, coal and seafood from the DPRK.