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China has ordered all North Korean companies operating in its territory to shut down within 120 days.
This is part of the latest round of UN sanctions that have also seen China ban the import of North Korean textiles and some oil exports, as well as start to shut down bank accounts associated with North Korea.
The statement from the country's Commerce Ministry is said to be part of China's efforts to pressure North Korea into giving up nuclear weapons.
North Korean companies affected by the new rules will have to shut down on Jan. 9, which is 120 days after the UN sanctions were first passed.
These rules will also hit companies that are jointly owned by Chinese and North Korean parties.
The sanctions were agreed upon after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test earlier in the month. Analysts say that this was North Korea's most powerful nuclear test yet.
This is significant as a significant portion of North Korea's trade is done with China.
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